Pelosi’s Comments About ‘Five White Guys’ Negotiating DACA Opening ‘Hamburger Stand’ Backfires


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lamented that negotiations over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, were being led by “five white guys,” seemingly forgetting that one of them is her No. 2, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

“That comment is offensive. I am committed to ensuring Dreamers are protected, and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done,” Hoyer told Politico in a statement.

“The five white guys I call them, you know,“ Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. ”Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?” Pelosi said, presumably making a reference in an attempt at humor to the Virginia-based burger chain Five Guys.

Pelosi was concerned that no minority members of Congress were included in the meeting.

The others she was referring to are Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to Politico.

“That could’ve been done four months ago. The very idea that this week they’re saying, ‘Oh, why don’t we get four white guys and Gen. Kelly to come and do this,’” Pelosi said, assuming that the white men may not be capable of making a deal that needs a sign-off from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and others.

“Leader Pelosi has every confidence in the leadership of Whip Hoyer and Sen. Durbin, which they have demonstrated on this topic for years,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, said, Politico reports. “It’s not a question of who’s there, but who’s not there.”

The intraparty squabble begins as Senate negotiators announced they have reached a preliminary deal that involves only Dreamers, as DACA recipients are known, and border security, according to Politico.

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