Blessed Nancy of Pacific Heights: what do you think?
The question arises because today's Morning Joe wasn't content to merely praise Pelosi for having snapped at reporter James Rosen for having the audacity to ask her whether she hated President Trump. No, the panel extolled Pelosi in explicitly religious terms, virtually beatifying her. What was described as Pelosi's great Catholic "faith" was frequently cited, and she was described as filling a "moral void" in the country.
At the same time, the Morning Joe crew excoriated Republicans, again in expressly religious terms, for their immigration policies.
Scarborough called on Rosen to ask Donald President Trump:
"Do you hate children, or do you hate Jesus? Do you not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, let the little children come?"
Rosen never said a word about Jesus or Catholics in his question. He merely asked Pelosi if she hated Trump.
And in what was either a very naive or a very cynical moment, Scarborough praised Pelosi for speaking to him of her faith "when no cameras are on," and "behind closed doors." No cameras and behind closed doors, perhaps—but in the presence of a sycophantic journalist [note Scarborough saying, "God, I love her] whom she could count on to make public that "private" expression of faith, just as Joe did this morning.
And speaking of "let the children come," of course no mention was made of Pelosi's passionate promotion of abortion on demand. In 2013, a senior Vatican official declared that as a result of her abortion advocacy, Pelosi should be denied communion.
Here's the transcript.
6:13 am ET
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: When someone says something untoward, when someone pushes her in a direction that she finds to be wrong or insulting, she goes right to her Catholic roots.
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NANCY PELOSI: And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full,, a heart full of love and always prayed for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: God, I love her . . . What she talks about, and it’s always very moving. She talks about her faith. Nancy Pelosi talks about her faith a lot. Again -- when no cameras are on! And she talks about --
MIKA: You don't have to look very far.
SCARBOROUGH: I remember asking her about father: what would your father think? She goes: well, I believe actually my father is watching over me every day, and so is my mom. I’m a Catholic, I have faith. And they guide me. And my faith guides me. Again, behind closed doors . . . This is a woman who is, she’s moved by faith. And by the way, her faith does not allow her do what so many Republicans faith allow them to do: turn a blind eye to little children dying in US custody. Turn a blind eye to little children being locked up in cages . . . Ripping babies from mothers...
Maybe James Rosen would like to ask Donald Trump, do you hate children, or do you hate Jesus?
MIKA: That’s a good question.
SCARBOROUGH: Do you not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, let the little children come?
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JON MEACHAM: Speaker Pelosi is the only American politician with whom I’ve had endless discussions about St. Augustine.
MIKA: It seems to me that Nancy Pelosi is doing a lot more than serving as Speaker of the House. She’s filling a void, a leadership void, and a moral void.
MIKE BARNICLE: Exactly.
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SCARBOROUGH: What is happening on our border to these children is the antithesis of everything that Jesus taught. And yet, we have to depend on a liberal from San Francisco instead of evangelicals
BARNICLE: Well, the interesting part —
BARNICLE: You saw and heard Nancy Pelosi, not an ideologue, but a woman of great compassion and great faith.