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Pelosi to Trump: ‘Do the country a favor, don’t run’ in 2020
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a special message for President Donald Trump regarding the 2020 presidential race. “Mr. President, do the country a favor, don’t run,” she said during a recent publicity stunt with Rolling Stone magazine.
Pelosi’s advice for the president came in a promotional video featuring the House speaker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT). Each congresswoman, who appear together on the cover of the March issue of Rolling Stone, answered a series of questions about women’s role in government and their personal mandates as lawmakers.
The video started with a feel-good moment celebrating the record number of women who now serve in the House of Representatives, before moving into a series of clips featuring several of the loudest and most radical newcomers. Watch below:
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“Be fearless and unapologetic about being your best you,” Hayes said, offering advice for women who may want to follow her example.
“Never wait for an invitation or ask permission to step into your power,” Omar added.
“We don’t have to play by anyone else’s rules anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez declared. Indeed, the freshman congresswoman made headlines this week when she dismissed critics of her controversial Green New Deal, proclaiming, “I’m the boss. How about that?”
The actual boss, Speaker Pelosi, also had a message for American women. “Don’t let anybody try to minimize the importance of what your experience is,” she said.
Next, the congresswomen discussed why they serve as lawmakers. Omar said she was in Washington to promote an immigration system that is “humane” and “just,” while Pelosi said her purpose as a lawmaker is to represent “the one in five children in America who live in poverty.”
A closed door
Then, the topic turned to President Trump. Omar offered a passive-aggressive jab, telling the commander-in-chief: “The people of the United States are looking for a leader who unites. And you have an opportunity to step up into that leadership position.”
Ocasio-Cortez, however, made it clear that she wouldn’t even talk to Trump if given the chance. “I probably wouldn’t say anything, because I don’t think that it’s worth the extra attention,” she said.
“Mr. President, do the country a favor, don’t run,” Pelosi demanded.
The interview concluded on what was designed to be a light note. Each legislator was asked about their “theme song” as congresswomen, and Omar picked “Waving Flag,” by Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan.
The Minnesota representative once referred to Somalia as “our country” in an interview blaming terrorism on U.S. “involvement in other people’s affairs.” However, earlier this week, she came under fire from Jewish and civil advocacy groups for suggesting that some Americans maintain a dual loyalty towards Israel — a classic antisemitic trope.
These are the women that will carry the Democratic flag into the next decade. They are unwilling to negotiate and aren’t willing to play by the rules. Fortunately, Trump isn’t going to take Pelosi’s advice in 2020, and as the Democrats continue to swing farther left, his chances of reelection soar.
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