Pelosi town hall question on capitalism wasn’t planned: report

Keren Carrion

The question House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faced on capitalism and the Democratic Party at a CNN town hall was not planned, according to a new report.

According to the Huffington Post, New York University sophomore Trevor Hill had agreed with CNN moderators to ask Pelosi a “personal” question at the Tuesday event, after he had proposed a question on communism and been shut down during the planning of the event.

“According to a Harvard University poll last May, 51% of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 no longer support capitalism. The Democratic Party inarguably failed to inspire young leftists during this election cycle, who voted in overwhelming numbers for the farther left candidate during the presidential primary elections,” Hill reportedly wrote in an email to CNN as a proposed question.

“What is the Democratic Party going to change going forward in order to capture and inspire the new generations of leftists who feel as though the party is failing to stand up for left wing economic values?”


Hill told The Huffington Post that CNN producers rejected his question, asking for a something more simple. But he asked it anyway during the CNN town hall, drawing a response of “Uh-oh,” from moderator Jake Tapper.

The question, which was asked at the very end of the town hall, was met by Pelosi with a critique of capitalism. She also said “We’re capitalists and that’s just the way it is.”

“Leader Pelosi’s statement was an indictment of shareholder capitalism and how it’s falling short,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement to The Hill. “We hope that Mr. Hill and other young people interested in economic inequality would join efforts in each of their states to fight for a living wage as Leader Pelosi leads the fight for one at the national level.”

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