Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned some heads when she thanked the controversial Rev. Al Sharpton for “saving America.”
The current House minority leader was one of the featured speakers at the National Action Network’s Legislative and Policy Conference, an event hosted by a civil rights nonprofit group that Sharpton runs.
Pelosi concluded her speech by claiming that Democrats are going to strive to unify the country and thanked Sharpton.
Watch the video below:
“We’re going to be visionary, we’re going to be unifying, we’re going to be healing, we’re going to be transparent in how we do this. We’re going to be respectful of other views. But we’re going to try to find our common ground where we can. We have a responsibility to do that, but where we can’t, stand our ground like a rock. That’s what Thomas Jefferson advised us to do.
Thank you for helping take back America. People all over the place are calling me, writing, in airports, here and there, saying, ‘Thank you for saving America.’ I give those thanks to you. Thank you for saving America. Reverend Sharpton, thank you for saving America.”
Although Pelosi thinks that Sharpton will help her unify the country, he has a lengthy history of doing the opposite.
While it is important to call out racism and acknowledge America’s struggles with racism, Sharpton often takes it too far, tying racism into issues where it just isn’t there.
His most public mistake was the KKK rape hoax regarding Tawana Brawley in the late 1980s.
Sharpton routinely spoke on behalf of Brawley after she reported that six white men raped her, four of whom she claimed were KKK members. When it turned out to be a hoax, Sharpton failed to admit he was ever wrong.
The reverend also has his own history of tension between himself and other groups of people, specifically white people and cops.
Reid has reluctantly "half-admitted" to homophobic rants in blog posts.
Sharpton, literally, contributed hate-filled and incendiary rhetoric that actually incited the fire-bombing, leading to deaths at Freddie's Fashion Mart in Harlem in '95.
What did I miss?
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) May 29, 2018
From using the royal wedding to discuss “white male supremacy” to comparing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a “slave owner,” Sharpton seems to have a pattern of inserting racism into the conversation.
Despite his past, Pelosi not only thinks Sharpton saved America, but she also thinks he will help her be “visionary,” “unifying,” and “healing.”
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