Nancy Pelosi has embraced her religious roots and joined forces with Bishop Marc Andrus to — as she put it — “honor the dignity and work of immigrants” by taking bended knee and washing feet at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.
Mrs. Pelosi’s official Twitter account sent out the picture of the Democratic House Minority Leader washing the feet of two children, alongside the bishop.
And social media reaction was mixed, at best, with some accusing her of using the Easter season to stage a political prop.
Her tweet: “Honored to be in the Mission to assist Bishop Andrus as he washes the feet of immigrant families.”
And tweeted responses: “@NancyPelosi u r such a phony multi millionaire,” said one.
Another: “@NancyPelosi is this another dem voter registration drive?”
And one more: “@NancyPelosi this has to be the photo op of all photo ops!”
SFGate reported the Democratic leader did take advantage of the occasion to peddle some pro-immigrant policy, speaking to the crowd assembled of the benefits of HR15, a measure criticized by Republicans as amnesty.
Her office, however, claims it would “reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship,” SFGate reported.
Ms. Pelosi’s foot-washing ceremony coincided with a similar ceremony that Pope Francis just performed in Rome, in honor of Holy Week ahead of Easter.
• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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