Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi blamed last week's incursion into the U.S. Capitol building on people choosing "their whiteness over democracy."
Pelosi made the remark during a video conference with California constituents that tied together COVID-19 deaths, the Christian Feast of the Epiphany, the Capitol building riot, and race.
"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. "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 also touched on the Christian Feast of the Epiphany, which took place on January 6, the same day as the riot.
"I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light. Instead, it was an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country, led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That's what this is about."
The speaker ended her remarks by implying Trump will be held accountable for his role in the riot.
"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."