Pelosi: There will be a 'peaceful transfer of power' to Biden in less than 100 days

Pelosi labels today's Republican Party 'a cult'

Updated: July 30, 2020 - 5:10pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on Democrats to “organize” and “unionize” ahead of the November 3 election and predicted there would be a “peaceful transfer of power” from the Trump administration after Democrat Joe Biden becomes president. 

Pelosi also said Republicans in Congress should take back their party because right now, “this is a cult.”

"Ninety-seven days from now, America will engage in the peaceful transfer of power, which we are very proud of in our democracy,” Pelosi said during a video discussion with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten that was posted Wednesday.

“Anybody who tells you that there's not a big difference between Democrats and Republicans hasn't spent a day in the Congress of the United States – the vast difference, the chasm between us,” she added.

Pelosi said the differences of opinion in the House Democratic caucus are “very, very small compared to the difference between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress.”

“Actually I say to Republicans take back your party, this isn’t who you are. This is a cult. This is a very damaging group of people who really don't believe again in science and don't believe in governance, and really don't care,” Pelosi said.

“These people, these, some of them here, they're afraid of new comers. They're afraid of people who don't look like them. They're afraid of diversity, they're afraid of women, they're afraid of LGBTQ because they have their own insecurities; that's their problem. We don't agonize, we organize, we unionize, and we will win but we all have to get out the vote,” she also said.

As Democrats and Republicans negotiate over the contents of a fourth stimulus package, Pelosi highlighted the extension of the $600 federal unemployment benefit as an issue on which the parties cannot agree at this time. Pelosi mentioned that Republicans have objected to extending the benefits since it exceeds some workers' previous salaries when added to their state unemployment benefits.

Referencing the negotiations Pelosi is engaged in with Republicans, Weingarten asked her, “How do you sit there without wanting to throttle somebody?”

In response, Pelosi explained that Senate Republicans would rather provide federal funding for food banks instead of food stamps or SNAP. The third stimulus bill, the CARES Act, increased SNAP funding by about $15 billion, but the latest GOP stimulus proposal does not include additional SNAP funding.

She said Republicans in Congress should “fake it” that they “care about people” in the area of SNAP.

“You'd think you would support food stamps, the SNAP program, with women, infants, the children, initiatives for food security for our country – just fake it that you care about people in this one place because I myself cannot understand who you are if you don't understand we have to feed the hungry in our country and the children in our country,” Pelosi said.

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