A group of about two dozen progressive activists gathered downtown Tuesday to protest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before she headed into the Detroit Club for a speaking event.
The demonstrators blamed Pelosi for stoking divisions between the establishment wing of the Democratic Party and four of its high-profile progressives, who include Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Demonstrators say Donald Trump has seized on the fracture, recently telling Tlaib and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley to "go back" to their countries. On Monday, as the demonstrators chanted, he doubled down, tweeting:
The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
"We need to hold Nancy Pelosi accountable for defending Trump's rhetoric without impeachment," said protester Nicole Conaway.
Pelosi is in town for the NAACP convention, and has been holding fundraisers and events with Democratic Congress members from Metro Detroit.