House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that "faith-oriented" Congress members had told her that they do not believe in science.
"People say around here sometimes, 'I'm faith-oriented so I don't believe in science' and I said, 'Well you can do both. Science is an answer to our prayers and our prayers have been answered with a vaccine,'" Pelosi said from the House floor.
The remarks came in the context of her larger objection to Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pelosi seemed to imply that the Trump team's chosen strategy was intentionally pursuing herd immunity by allowing and even encouraging non high-risk citizens to become infected.
"We couldn't pass legislation until now because the administration simply did not believe in testing, tracing, treatment, wearing masks, sanitation, separation, and the rest," Pelosi said.
The basis for Pelosi's accusations is somewhat unclear given that the Trump administration supported testing, supported contact tracing, encouraged citizens to wear masks, advocated proper social distancing, and repeatedly sought to expedite the development of a vaccine.
Pelosi did not identify which members of Congress allegedly told her that they "didn't believe in science."