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Pelosi's racist comments about immigration negotiators draws criticism from Hoyer

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The House Minority Leader apparently had a problem with the "five white guys" leading the bipartisan talks on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and shared her frustration at a press conference on Thursday, Politico reported.

"You have to understand, in our caucus we are blessed with great diversity-the understanding of the issues, the ability to translate policy into the lives of people, the sensitivity even on the wording is really important for people who have been engaged in these issues to be there at the table", Pelosi said.

"I would say that McCarthy and the four, the five white guys I call them, you know", she said, referring to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and four others involved in immigration negotiations.

"That comment is offensive", Mr. Hoyer told Politico.

"I would hope that with their big advantage of bringing money home at a very low rate that they would invest in infrastructure and things, but our experience has been that they will do dividends, do stock buybacks and things like that", she continued.

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"That comment is offensive".

"That could've been done four months ago", the California Democrat complained about the lack of minority involvement and the meeting of House and Senate leaders that took place earlier this week.

Pelosi is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a Harris County Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner on February 18. "It's not a question of who's there but who's not there".

Pelosi's comment was more than just a quip. "To a person working paycheck-to-paycheck [who] just got a $1,000 bonus-that's not crumbs". Besides, it's only white males she's criticizing - an easy target whose complaints about being singled out by their race can easily be shot down by simply calling them racists. If Democrats plan to talk down to millions of American workers like this again, they'd better be prepared to deal with the lost opportunities in 2018 that will result.

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