House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced the Bible on Wednesday in response to President Donald Trump‘s aggressive response to the nationwide protests for racial equality across the country. 

Following George Floyd’s death, protestors swarmed outside of the White House. Trump ordered the military to use aggressive force on protestors with tear gas and smoke bombs to create a pathway for him to walk for a photo op at St. John’s Church. 

“Peaceful demonstrators … in front of the White House were beaten — some people came out and beat them so they could clear the area so the president could come out and go forward. What is that?” she asked. “That has no place, and it’s time for us to do away with that, a time to heal.”

Pelosi’s statement of “a time to heal” connects to the biblical message of peace between all people which she urged Trump to follow in order to help heal the country.


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She then spoke on past presidents and how they should be an example to Trump, such as Barack Obama who called for healing over the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and George H.W. Bush who promoted unity among people during the Rodney King riots in 1991. 

“This is not a single incident. We know that it’s a pattern of behavior,” she said. 

Democrats are currently putting together a series of proposals to reform the criminal justice system. 

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