Pelosi: Rioters chose ‘their whiteness over democracy’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that Trump supporters who rioted at the U.S. Capitol last week chose “their whiteness over democracy.”

In an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents, Pelosi said, “There are people in our country, led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy.”

Pelosi noted that the number of coronavirus deaths last Wednesday and Thursday were records for single-day coronavirus deaths in the United States, highlighted racial injustices in the country.

“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all,” Pelosi said.

She continued, “The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’”

Pelosi is pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump days before he’s set to leave office to prevent him from running again.

“This cannot be exaggerated. Not only the complicity, the instigation of the President of the United States, must and will be addressed,” Pelosi said. “It’s only a number of days now before we inaugurate a new President.”