Pelosi at ceremony marking number of US coronavirus deaths: 'It's almost incomprehensible'

Pelosi at ceremony marking number of US coronavirus deaths: 'It's almost incomprehensible'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Schumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions Biden rushes to pressure Russia as Ukraine fears intensify MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday called the U.S. coronavirus death toll “almost incomprehensible” while speaking at an art installation paying tribute to the dead.

“It’s almost incomprehensible that here in America this would happen,” Pelosi said Monday at the ceremony, where celebrity chef José Andrés and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House DC adding vaccine, testing centers as region's COVID-19 death rate increases Feehery: DC will become the inverse of West Berlin MORE (D) also made remarks at the DC Armory Parade Ground in front of RFK Stadium in the nation's capital.

“But thank you for giving us this optic, this visual manifestation of it, not only the lives [lost] — how horrible all these are, but the families, the families, the communities, that have lost maybe 1,000 health care providers,” she added. “Health care providers, they risk their lives to save lives and now here they are, here they are in this display.”

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Pelosi praised Andrés, Bowser and artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg as exemplifying the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity in her remarks.

“Suzanne Firstenberg and her husband, Doug, and their children have faith. They believe that the arts will send a message to make the change that is necessary. They believe that this impression will inspire people, will make them sad, but also make them strong to say, ‘What can we do to stop this?’” Pelosi said.

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The display uses flags to represent the number of people in the U.S. who have died from the virus. The figure stood at more than 231,000 as of Monday.

Pelosi and other Democrats have criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE and Republicans for their response to and handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic leaders and the Trump administration have been at odds for months over the size and scope of a new coronavirus relief package. The stalled negotiations mean legislation for government aid is unlikely until the lame-duck session at the earliest, though possibly not until late January.