Pelosi Reads From Bible, Calls on Trump to Be ‘Healer in Chief’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” and not a “fanner of the flame” as the nation reels from mass protests over the treatment of black people in the United States.

Reading from Bible scripture at the Capitol, Pelosi drew on past presidents — including George H.W. Bush speaking in the aftermath of the Rodney King unrest and Barack Obama following the death of Eric Garner — as models of the nation’s executive at a time of crisis.

“We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame,” Pelosi said.

The remarks of the California Democrat, who is the party’s top ranking elected official, offered a stark contrast to the Republican president as the world watches a nation in turmoil.

Pelosi criticized the use of force to disperse the crowd of protesters late Monday at the White House so Trump could cross the street to nearby St. John’s church in what was widely seen as a photo opportunity later criticized by the Episcopal congregation’s bishop.

“Some people came out and beat them so they could clear the area so the president could come out and go forward. What is that?” asked Pelosi. “That has no place and it’s time for us to do away with that.”

Pelosi, a Catholic who regularly attends mass, said there were so many passages that Trump could have relied on during his visit to the church. He held up a Bible during the event but did not refer to it during brief remarks. She quoted from the book of Ecclesiastes, saying it is a “time to heal.”

“It is the responsibility of all of us to take the time to heal,” she said.

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