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>> James: WELCOME BACK. OUR GUEST TONIGHT IS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE MIGHTY FIGURE HERSELF NANCY PELOSI IS WITH US. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ON THE SHOW, SPEAKER PELOSI, REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >> THANK YOU, IT’S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE. I WISH IT WERE UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES. >> James: WELL, SO DO I. I WAS THINKING BACK TO THE LAST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER, WE WERE IN AN ENGLISH PUB EATING AND THAT FEELS SO MUCH MORE CIVILIZED THAN THIS.

BUT WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW IN THE WORLD AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN THERE. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HOW ARE YOU COPING THROUGH ALL OF THIS? >> WELL, I CAME FROM WASHINGTON ABOUT TEN DAYS AGO TO CALIFORNIA. AND AGAIN I WISH THAT WE KNEW WHEN I COULD GO BACK. BUT WE’RE COPING PRETTY WELL. I HAVE MY GRANDCHILDREN FROM NEW YORK WHO ARE HERE. AND THEY HAVE TO GET UP AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING TO DO THEIR CLASS WORK– 8:00 IN NEW YORK, SO THAT DOES START THE DAY BRIGHT AND EARLY. BUT IT IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM THAT I WISH ALL CHILDREN WOULD HAVE. >> James: WHAT IS YOUR REGULAR DAY FOR YOU AT THE MOMENT, SPEAKER PELOSI. WHAT SORT OF STRUCTURE DOES YOUR DAY TAKE? >> MY DAY IS CONNECTED TO THE PHONE. I’M IN CONVERSATION ALL DAY WITH MY MEMBERS, WITH THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, ALL OF US TRYING TO FIND THE BEST WAY TO GO FORWARD IN A WAY THAT REALLY RECOGNIZES WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, THE TEST, THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE RACIAL DATA TO SEE HOW THIS AFFECTING PEOPLE, AND TO DID SO IN A WAY THAT IS BASED ON THE FACTS, SCIENCE, EVIDENCE AND DATA AND THE TRUTH.

SO THAT IS HOW I SPEND MY DAY, LARGELY ON THE PHONE FROM MORNING UNTIL NIGHT EXCEPT WHEN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF DOING JAIMTION CORDEN. >> James: TELL ME WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO GET THAT IT DATA THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, SPECIFICALLY THE RACIAL DATA, WHICH I KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT FINDING AND GETTING TO THE TRUTH OF THAT. WHY IS THAT SO DIFFICULT TO FIND DURING THERE? >> IT WOULDN’T BE DIFFICULT IF THE DECISION WERE MADE TO DO. SO AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE CALLING UPON THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO. WE STARTED MARCH 4th, WE PASSED THREE BILLS IN THE MONTH OF MARCH, ALL IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER TO PUBLISH AWARENESS. HOWEVER, IN THAT TIME SINCE MARCH 4th WHERE A BILL WAS TESTING, TESTING, IT HASN’T HAPPENED.

AS RECENTLY AS THIS WEEKEND WE WERE CALLING– END OF LAST WEEK WE WERE CALLING FOR TEST AND THE COLLECTION OF THE DATA, CONTINUING TO MAKE THAT REQUEST. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT. WE IF WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT AND WIN THIS WE HAVE TO DE FINE IT AND KNOW WHERE AND WHO IS AFFECTED BY IT. IT SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD.

JUST A DECISION TO FIND THE TRUTH. >> James: TAKE ME BACK TO THE TIME LINE. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST TOLD ABOUT COVID-19, WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THAT THIS, WE WERE IN THE MIDST OF SOMETHING VERY, VERY SERIOUS AND WHO GIVES YOU THAT INFORMATION? >> WELL, WE ALL KIND OF FOUND OUT WHEN IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. WHAT WE ARE FINDING OUT NOW KNOW IS THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY WAS– WAY EARLY ON, EVEN WHEN IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, TIME ENOUGH TO AGAIN MAKE THE DECISION TO GO FORWARD INSTEAD OF CALLING TAY HOAX, INSTEAD OF CALLING IT MINIMIZING IT AND SAY IT WOULD MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR. WE LOST TIME. THE DELAY AND THE DENIAL ARE DEATHS, AND THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS.

RIGHT NOW WE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES. AND SO WE CAN BE, SAY OKAY, LET’S GO FORWARD AND WELL INFORMED. BUT IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT, I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE BE CLEAR THAT WE MUST. THE SCIENTISTS MUST SPEAK OUT. SOME OF US THAT DIDN’T WANT TO APPEAR POLITICAL, WANTED TO DO THERE BIPARTISAN, NONPARTISAN ARE FINDING OUT THAT IT IS VERY POLITICAL BECAUSE IT IS COSTING LIVES BECAUSE OF ANY CONCERNS WE MAY HAVE. >> James: WHY IS IT YOU THINK YOU HAVE CHOSEN THAT PATH. YOU HAVE BEEN IN ROOMS HAVING VERY TENSZ NEGOTIATIONS WITH HIM OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS. WHY IS IT THAT YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT IS CHOOSING TO IGNORE SCIENTISTS, SCIENCE AND TALK ABOUT REOPENING THE COUNTRY, NOT SHUT THE COUNTRY DOWN SOON ENOUGH, WHY DO YOU THINK? >> WELL, I DO BELIEVE THAT HE IS IN DENIAL.

AND AGAIN T SAID THAT OVER AND OVER BUT THE FACT IS THAT IF YOU ARE NOT EVIDENCE-BASED, IF ARE YOU NOT SCIENCE-BASED, YOU HAVE THE LUXURY OF JUST SAYING WHATEVER YOU FEEL LIKE. AND THAT LUXURY IS ONE OUR COUNTRY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD. BECAUSE IT IS DANGEROUS. I CANNOT– I CAN’T PSYCH OUT THE PRESIDENT AND WHY HE DOES CERTAIN THINGS. BUT I JUST WONDER HOW OTHERS CAN STAND WITH HIM WHILE HE SAYS THE THINGS HE DOES, AND IN A WAY THAT THEY ARE ACCEPTING. ONE THING ST ONE THING TO NOT TELL THE TRUTH, TO CONVEY FALSEHOOD AFTER FALSEHOOD AFTER FALSE HOODZ. BUT TO DO SO SO REPETITIVELY THAT PEOPLE ALMOST ACCEPT IT AS PARTIALLY TRUE, IS FLIPPING THE FACTS. AND WE HAVE TO INSIST ON THE TRUTH. BECAUSE AGAIN, IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE YOU CAN HAVE ANY, SHALL WE SAY THOWFLTNESS ABOUT MISTAKES THAT HAVE BEEN PLAYED. HE IS SAYING EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL. BUT IT ISN’T. WE WANT TO BE OPTIMISTIC AND POSITIVE, 24/7, ALL HANDS ON DECK ARE WORKING FOR A CURE AND VACCINE AND THE REST.

BUT WE DO KNOW THAT SHELTER IN PLACE AND DISTANCING, SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE AN ANSWER. AND FOR HIM BECAUSE OF THE LOST PROFITS OR WHATEVER, TO MAKE A DIFFERENT DECISION CAN BE DANGEROUS AND COULD COME BACK IN SOME PLACESES. WE ALL CARE ABOUT THE ECONOMY. WE CARE ABOUT THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND FOR A LONG TIME NOW BAD DECISIONS WERE MADE OR AT LEAST OPPORTUNITIES WERE IGNORED. SO WHAT WE WANT NOW IS LET’S GET ON A GOOD TRACK AND SAY TO THE PEOPLE, OF FAITH, TO THE SCIENTISTS IT, ELECTED OFFICIALS, EVERYONE, SPEAK UP SO WE CAN BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK. >> James: IF IT IS SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHERE YOU FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT IT, WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU FEEL LIKE I SHOULD BE TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT. TO RELAY THIS MESSAGE TO HIM THAT I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. >> WELL, THE PRESIDENT ONLY LISTENS TO WHAT IS IN THE– IS I NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO SCIEFNLTS HE IS NOT GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO ME.

BUT I DO FEEL THAT HE HAS TO HEAR T AND THAT’S WHY I AM SAYING TO TU, TONIGHT, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE SAYING IT, PLEASE INSIST ON THE TRUTH. AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING IS NOT TRUE. BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO UNRAVEL THAT FALSEHOOD THAT AGAIN HE SAYS WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, AND PEOPLE STANDING AROUND HIM ACQUIESCING TO IT. LIKE WHAT? DOESN’T ANYBODY KNOW OR CARE OR HAVE ANY COMMITMENT TO SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE AND DATA AND FACTS AND RUTH? THIS IS– THIS– OVER THE WEEKEND, I AM A DEVOUT CATHOLIC, I BELIEVE CHRIST HAS RISEN AND THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION, I BELIEVE IN ALL OF THAT. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EACH OTHER. AND WHEN I HEARD OVER THE WEEKEND THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS THINKING ABOUT WHO KNOWS WHAT THAT HE WAS GOING TO OPEN THINGS UP, I FOUND THAT VERY SCARY.

I FELT VERY RESPONSIBLE TO SPEAK OUT MORE CLEARLY. EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THE PUBLIC WANTS US TO WORK TOGETHER. BUT WE CANNOT AID AND ABET THE DANGER. >> James: WE WATCHED THE PRESIDENT’S BRIEFINGS EVERY DAY AND WE SEE DR. FAUCI STANDING BEHIND THE PRESIDENT, DURING THE BRIEFINGS. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING THROUGH THEIR MINDERS. >> YOU KNOW WHAT, I AM NOT, AGAIN, WHY ANYBODY STANDING THERE IT WHILE THE PRESIDENT MISREPRESENTS THE FACTS DAY IN AND DAY OUT IS BEYOND ME. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK HIM WHY HE IS THERE AND WHAT HE THINKS WE SHOULD BE DOING. HE IS A GREAT– WE HAVE GREAT SCIENTISTS AT WORK FOR DECADES, HIVISSUES AND– TRP I HAVE HAD HIM ON A PEDESTAL FOR A LONG TIME. I DON’T SPEAK FOR HIVMENT I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING ON IN HIS MIND BUT I DO KNOW WHAT OTHER SCIENTISTS TELL ME, AND THAT WE CANNOT ENABLE THE DANGER THAT THE PRESIDENT IS CAUSING, BECAUSE DENIAL, DELAY, ALL OF THE REST, AGAIN, DEADLY.

>> James: SO WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE SCIENTISTS THAT YOU ARE TALKING TO? WHAT DO THEY SAY? >> WELL, THEY ARE SAYING OF COURSE, TESTING, TESTING, TESTING. WE MUST HAVE THE TESTING. IF WE ARE GOING TO– DEFEAT THIS WE HAVE TO DE FINE IT THE OTHER PART OF IT, IS THAT WE MUST HAVE THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR OUR CAREGIVERS AND ALL OF OUR FIRST SPOARNDS AND POLICE. WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE LIVES. AND THEY HAD ONE EXAMPLE IN THE NEW YORK HOSPITAL WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GET THEIR GOWNS TO COVER THEMSELVES, THEY WERE GIVEN A RAIN PONCHO FROM A YANKEE’S GAME.

THAT SHOW DIMINISHED THE SUPPLY. IS AND YET WHEN WE HEAR TALKING TO ADMINISTRATION T SLIEK EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED F THEY DON’T, THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM. NO, WE HAVE A NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE. I AM AN INTELLIGENT PERSON, IF AND WHEN YOU HAVE AN– YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR– THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE’RE AT WAMPLET OUR TROOPS DO NOT HAVE WAR PROTECTION. THEY DON’T HAVE THE HE IMIPMENT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND EQUIPMENT TO SAVE OTHERS.

THAT’S WRONG. THAT’S WRONG. IF YOU ARE GOING TO CALL IT A WAR, LET’S PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS ON THE FIELD. AND WE’RE NOT DOING THAT. SO TESTING, TESTING, TESTING AND HAVE THE DATA THAT GOES– RACIAL DATA THAT GOES WITH THAT SO WE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGE. THE EQUIPMENT SO VERY, VERY NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE WORKERS BUT ALSO TO SAVE THE LIVINGS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. AND IF HE DID THOSE TWO THINGS IT WOULD MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE IT SCIEN TICHESES ARE WORKING LARD FOR A CURE, FOR VARKS EVENS, FOR SOME MITIGATION TO THE DAMAGE TO THE HEALTH CARE STSM OUR COUNTRY.

BUT AS I WOULD SAY, IT IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC POLICY. WE HAVE FUNDED AND RESEARCHED THE FIRST BILL WITH THAT EMERGENCY, THE SECOND BILL, MAX, MAX, GET THE MAX. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN VERY DLING WENT IN HOW IT HAS MANAGED TO SUPPLY THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF WHAT WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS. WHY? YOU HAVE TO ASK THEM. >> James: OBVIOUSLY IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS THERE IS ALSO AN ELECTION LATER THIS YEAR. NOW THE PRESIDENT SAID QUITE RECENTLY THOO HE WAS AGAINST THE MAIL-IN VOTE. WHY DO YOU THINK TRUMP IS SO OPPOSED IS TO A MAIL-IN VOTE DURING THE ELECTION? >> I AM SO GLAD YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION. I WILL JUST SAY WHAT HE SAID. MT TRUMP SAID IF WE HAD MAIL-IN VOTES NO REPUBLICANS WILL EVER GET ELECTED AGAIN, THAT IS THE CONFIDENCE HE HAS IN THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, I GUESS.

>> James: BUT WHY, WHY IS THAT. EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THAT IS THE CASE, WHY HE WOULD THINK THAT? >> I BELIEVE ST PRED KATEED ON THE IDEA THAT THE MORE PEOPLE COULD VOTE,DTHE BETTER CHANCE IT IS FOR THE DEMOCRATS. I AM A FORMER CHAIR OF THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY YEARS AGO. AND I CAN TELL YOU THE REPUBLICANS ALWAYS OUTBID US ON ABSENTEE BALLOTS. WE COULD WIN ON ELECTION DAY BUT THE BALLOTS COME IN CHANGE THE OUTCOME. SO I– IT IS CONSIST ONLY WITH THE REPUBLICANS IN THE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT INSISTING– IT VOTE BY MAIL IS CONSISTENT WITH VOTER SUPPRESSION IN SO MANY WAYS, SHUTTING DOWN POLLING PLACE– POLLING PLACES, FEWER HOURSES, FEWER PLACES, FEWER DAYS IN WHICH TO VOTE, ABSENTEE OR EARLY VOTING AND THE REST AND THAT VOTER SUPPRESSION IS SOMETHING THAT IS TRUE TO THEIR BEHAVIOR AND PART OF A PATTERN.

BUT WHEN THEY DID THIS, AND THIS REALLY, IF I JUST MAY SAY, LAST WEEK, NINE STATES TURNED INTO A BODY OF POLITICAL HACKS BY DECIDING THAT– THAT IS THEIR DECISION BUT THEN TO SAY WE WON’T COUNT THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR A COUPLE MORE DAYS WHICH EVEN THE LOWER COURT, WHICH AGREED THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE THE ELECTION THAT DAY BUT HAVE A FEW POR DAYS TO COUNT THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS. IT WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF A SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES SAYING TO THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN, WHY DON’T WE ALL JUST GET TOGETHER AND GO TO THE MARDI GRAS.

PEOPLE WERE STANDING IN LINE FOR HOURS UNNECESSARILY. THEY RISKED THEIR LIVERS TO VOTE. IT SHOULDN’T BE THAT WAY. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE COURT WAS 5-4. >> James: SPEAKER PELOSI, WE WILL GO TO A BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK WILL YOU BE PART OF OUR “LATE, LATE SHOW” AND TELL. WHAT WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO DO IS FIND SOMETHING IN YOUR HOUSE, IN YOUR HOME THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US AFTER THE BREAK. WILL YOU DO THAT FOR US? >> I WOULD BE HAPPY TO. >> James: OKAY. YOU GO AND DO THAT WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NANCY PELOSI, COME ON BACK.

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