Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows within her own party on Thursday, drawing fire from top Democrats after she “offensively” referred to the bipartisan group of legislators tackling immigration reform as “white guys.”
The House Minority Leader made her incendiary remarks while speaking with reporters at her weekly press briefing, labeling lawmakers seeking to find a permanent solution to DACA as “the five white guys.”
“The five white guys I call them, you know,” Pelosi quipped, complaining that there were not enough minorities involved in the immigration debate. “Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?”
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer –one of Pelosi’s “white guys”- blasted the leader’s comments, calling the remarks “offensive” in a statement released to Politico.
“That comment is offensive. I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done,” Hoyer said.
A spokesperson for the House Minority Leader pushed back against Hoyer’s comments, saying, “Leader Pelosi has every confidence in the leadership of Whip Hoyer and Senator Durbin, which they have demonstrated on this topic for years.”