GAITHERSBURG — Maryland Congressman David Trone (D-9) appeared with U.S House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Nov. 17 to urge voters to support his campaign and fellow Democrats in the coming election year.
The two held a spaghetti dinner at Gaithersburg High School for which attendees bought tickets.
“I’ve worked tirelessly with Speaker Pelosi to pass over 200 bills this year alone, including universal background checks on all gun purchases, workplace protections for the LGBT community, raising the minimum wage and the sweeping anti-corruption For The People Act,” Trone wrote. “It’s an outrage that Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to hold a Senate vote for any of these bills that could improve the lives of millions of Americans.”
Trone has served Maryland’s 6th District since 2018 and serves on the Foreign Affairs and Joint Economic committees, among others.
Although Pelosi was born in Baltimore, she has represented the people of California’s 12th District for more than 30 years. She has gone head-to-head with President Donald Trump over several issues since he was elected to office in 2016.
She urged voters at the spaghetti dinner on Sunday to get out to vote since it would only take a few flipped seats for Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives.
“As we go into this election, we must be united for the children,” Pelosi said. “Sometimes I say to the women candidates ‘when you get into this arena this is a difficult place this is not for the faint of heart, you have to be ready to take a punch, but you also have to be ready to throw a punch!’”
Trone will be running to keep Representative John K. Delaney’s (D) seat, who left the position to run for president in 2020.
Pelosi praised Trone’s work so far as a representative as “values-based.”
“What he brings is respect for other people’s point of view,” she said of Trone. “Confidence in what he stands for and what he knows about (and he’s) humble enough to listen to others and find a solution which is what our responsibility is, to get results for the American people.”
During her remarks, she criticized Trump for acting in a way that is unbecoming of a president.
“What is America, it is the constitution and all of our rights therein,” she said. “Some of us believe that the current occupant of the White House has violated the constitution by his actions, violated his oath of office to protect and defend the constitution.”
Her words were met with applause from the audience.
“Dishonor your oath of office, demean who we are as a people,” Pelosi said. “What is America? This beautiful continent from sea to shining sea and beyond. God’s gift to us (so that) we are good stewards of it. What does the president do? Almost every day, certainly two times a week degrades the environment, is in denial about climate change and says, ‘I will not make any decisions about climate change based on science.’”
She went on to explain that America is built on values, ones that Trone represents and upholds.
“Not anyone of us in the Congress, not any one of us comes to office to impeach a president, that’s not what we’re about we come here to do good things for our country,” Pelosi said.
“To honor the vision of our founders, to honor the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, to protect our freedom and to honor the aspirations of our children because after all, it’s all about the children.”
She also said that although impeachment is not the sole reason anyone representative has chosen to serve his or her district, impeachment is what must be done.