Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic leaders on Wednesday scolded Democrats for publicly taking shots at each other and pleaded for unity as they head into key debates in the coming weeks. "You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK," Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday, according to a source in the room. Pelosi warned that Democratic infighting plays into GOP hands and defended the moderates in the caucus. "I'm here to help the children when it's easy and when it's hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but we're making sausage most of the time," Pelosi said. "Without that unity, we are playing completely into the hands of the other people." Pelosi also forcefully defended the centrists in the caucus and said it's better for Democrats to criticize her than attack the most vulnerable members publicly.
"I hope there will be some level of respect and sensitivity for our -- each individual experience that we bring to this Caucus," Pelosi said. "You make me the target, but don't make our Blue Dogs and our New Dems the target in all of this because we have important fish to fry," Pelosi said.
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