- The Washington Times - Friday, September 11, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that “Mother Earth is angry” as wildfires continued to rage on the West Coast, killing at least 15 people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

“Mother Earth is angry,” Mrs. Pelosi, a Catholic, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid Thursday night. “She’s telling us, whether she’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the west, whatever it is, that the climate crisis is real and has an impact.

“I came over the weekend back to Washington and it was unhealthy and smoky, that was how they described the air then,” she continued. “Now, it has gotten much worse and I’m hearing regularly on the ongoing from my constituents about the concern they have about the fires and the air quality, the loss of life and over three million acres burned. That’s an historic number.”

Mrs. Pelosi then railed against “pathetic” and “foolish” Republicans for continuing to support President Trump, warning that one day they’re going to have to “answer to their children and their grandchildren as to why their behavior was so contemptible.”

“These Republicans are very much in sync with the President in terms of policy,” the California Democrat said. “They are in denial on the climate issue. They oppose a woman’s right to choose. They are very bad in terms of LGBTQ rights and the rest. Gun violence prevention is not anything that they want to be associated with. Name any subject, and you’ll find, whether it’s fairness in our economy, they want to give tax cuts to the richest people in America and then say we can’t afford to feed our children who are, millions of them, are food insecure now.

“So from a policy standpoint, he’s their guy,” she added. “He’s their guy. And so they’re protecting him. But they don’t know how foolish they look. And I just can’t wait until one day, they have to explain to their grandchildren, did you really — what did you do to save our planet? What did you do to save our democracy? They are so pathetic.”

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