Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded Wednesday to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany likening President Trump’s controversial photo-op at St. John’s Church in Washington, which came after peaceful protesters were aggressively pushed out of Lafayette Square, to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting World War II bombing damage in 1941.
“Through all of time, we have seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time to show a message of resilience and determination,” McEnany said.
“Like Churchill, we saw him inspecting the bombing damage,” she said. “It sent a powerful message of leadership to the British people.”
“I think they’re hallucinating,” Pelosi told CNN when asked about the comparison as she joined a crowd outside the Capitol protesting police brutality.
Pelosi wore a mask and was accompanied by a staff and members of her security detail as she walked through the crowd.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared U.S. President Trump's walk to a historic church, which saw authorities force peaceful protesters from the area, to Winston Churchill surveying bomb damage during the Second World War.
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