Pelosi Tells House Members to Treat Trump Voters Like a Friend With a ‘Jerk’ Boyfriend

Nancy Pelosi
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told rank-and-file members of the House on Tuesday to treat people who voted for President Donald Trump like a friend who's boyfriend is a "jerk."

The reasoning behind this analogy is that the friend can't be convinced to see how big of a jerk the boyfriend is, but will eventually turn on him, CNN reported Tuesday.

Pelosi said this to reporters in her suite in the Capitol.

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"The way I told my members: It's like telling your friend the guy she's dating is a jerk," she said.

She explained that, after a while, the friend will put two and two together and leave the "jerk" boyfriend.

"You can't tell her that," Pelosi said. "She has to find out for herself. You can give her clues and then eventually one thing will lead to another, she'll come to her conclusion."

Pelosi stressed the importance of the friend, meaning the voter, figuring it out for themselves.

"But if you tell her right up front, you'll lose a friend," she said. "So we're not interested in losing any friends. Let them find out."

She related this back to Trump voters by saying that they made a judgment about Trump and are "not willing" to change it.

"They made a judgment and they're not willing to walk away from their own judgment," she also said.