Republican Sen. Mike Lee lashed out Thursday at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for repeatedly calling President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, a "white supremacist."
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Utah senator said Pelosi should focus on policy, not personal attacks.
"I think this is nonsense," Lee said. "I think this is defamatory. I think she's acting with reckless disregard for the truth. I wish people would stop throwing out arguments like that."
At her weekly news conference, Pelosi said she was stunned by the appointment of the former Breitbart executive to the National Security Council — and called him a white supremacist.
"It's a stunning thing, that a white supremacist would be a permanent member of the National Security Council," the California Democrat said.
"If they want to focus on a particular policy, fine, but it's time to stop throwing around dangerous labels like that one," Lee scolded.
"It's not helpful. It's not part of a productive discourse for this country. And I'd encourage Speaker Pelosi and anyone else who's inclined to use language like that to respectfully refrain from it."
"Focus on the policy. Stop attacking the person," he said.
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