House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions from China actually didn’t go far enough and should have included Americans trying to return home. “Actually tens of thousands of people were allowed in from China, it wasn’t as it was described as this great moment,” Pelosi told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“So if you’re going to shut the door because you have an evaluation because of an epidemic, then shut the door,” she concluded.
That is a wild ride—from “travel bans are racist” to “we should have slammed the door shut on our own citizens.” House Speaker Pelosi believes travel bans from coronavirus-spreading nations are racist, but banning Americans is necessary.
Speaker Pelosi on Trump’s China travel restriction: “Tens of thousands of people were still allowed in from China. It wasn’t as it is described as this great moment. … If you’re going to shut the door because you have an evaluation of an epidemic, then shut the door” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/jpKFxYVCu6
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 26, 2020
Granted, Jake Tapper doesn’t possess a wit rapier enough to counter Pelosi’s claims, but you would have expected some pushback.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), in a verbal beatdown of a similar argument made by HBO personality Bill Maher, addressed the travel as The New York Times reports, not applying to “40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers [who] have made the trip” from China to the United States.
“U.S. citizens,” Crenshaw explained, were being allowed in, adding that Maher would “have to make the argument then that we shouldn’t allow them in.” Pelosi just made that argument.
When the order was imposed, Pelosi was publicly and vehemently opposed to even the ban as “outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law.” Now it appears the order was not racist, but it didn’t go far enough? https://t.co/RBA3tLRN99
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 27, 2020
Said Travel Ban Was Un-American
The argument that everybody should have been banned from the country is incredibly dishonest, even by Pelosi’s already low standards.
In late January, after President Trump had taken action to help combat the spread of the pandemic, Pelosi announced that the House would be pushing legislation that not only “imposes limitations on the President’s authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the United States” but also “terminates certain presidential actions implementing such restrictions.”
The California Democrat accused Trump of implementing such actions as “cruel” and “un-American…in all of its iterations.”
- It isn’t cruel and un-American to keep things out of the country that will harm Americans.
- It’s really cruel and un-American to keep Americans out of their own country.
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Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino slammed Pelosi for her comments: “Adam Schiff, I previously thought, was the biggest fraud in Congress,” he said. “I have now reevaluated.”
“Nancy Pelosi —Adam Schiff is a rookie, a grapefruit league ballplayer— compared to this serial fraudster in Nancy Pelosi,” Bongino continued. “She is a serial liar and a fraudster.” No truer words have ever been spoken.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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