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Pelosi: Capitol rioters chose their ‘Whiteness’ over democracy


Pelosi is currently leading the House through a second
round of impeachment for the president



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that pro-Trump
rioters who breached the Capitol on Wednesday “chose
their Whiteness over Democracy.”


“It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are
people in our country led by this president, for the moment,
who have chosen their Whiteness over democracy,” the
speaker said.


Pelosi then turned to those who died from COVID-19, who
were disproportionately minorities, she said.
“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865
people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them
people of color because of the injustice of it all,” Pelosi
said.


“The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the
coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the
highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial,
distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’”



Pelosi is expected to again lead the House through a round
of impeachment for the president in connection to the riot
in the Capitol.


The impeachment document says Trump “willfully made
statements that encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in
— imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”


The House, after getting 185 co-sponsors, will propose
impeachment Monday, though it’s unlikely to get through
the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted the
Senate is in recess until Jan.19.


Pelosi pointed to the riot’s date, the Christian Feast of the
Epiphany, Jan. 6.


“I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who
were in opposition of our democracy to see the light,”


Pelosi said. “Instead, it was an epiphany for the world to
see that there are people in our country, led by this
president, for the moment, who have chosen their
Whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.”



She said the president’s “complicity” in the riots that sent
lawmakers into hiding and left five dead “cannot be
exaggerated.”


“The instigation of the President of the United States, must
and will be addressed,” Pelosi finished. “It’s only a number
of days now before we inaugurate a new president.”


Trump on Wednesday gave a speech at the “Save America”
rally before pandemonium broke out. He vowed he would
“never concede” and pressured Vice President Mike Pence
to give the election “back to the states” in the joint session
of Congress to certify the Electoral College results.

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