Pelosi, Barbara Lee Invite Golden State Warriors to Celebrate NBA Championship at the Capitol

Monica Sanchez | June 12, 2018
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In a not-so-subtle dig at President Trump and the White House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Tuesday extended an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their NBA championship win at the Capitol.

Pelosi and Lee said in a letter to the team that they would be “delighted to welcome” the Warriors “publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol.”

“With your third title in the last four years, the Golden State Warriors have once again dazzled America with your outstanding performance on the court and inspired leadership off the court. You continue to make the Bay Area and indeed the country deeply proud,” the letter reads.

“In celebration of your victory, we would be delighted to welcome you publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol. Please consider this as a blanket invitation whenever your individual schedules allow.”

“We look forward to honoring your championship in the heart of our democracy,” the letter concludes.

No doubt to get attention, Pelosi tweeted about the invitation with a picture of her and Lee wearing Golden State Warriors memorabilia. 

Does she even watch basketball? 

She also gave a speech on the House floor on Tuesday congratulating the Warriors on their "historic achievement." 

Pelosi praised the team as "an extraordinary force in ushering a new era of professional basketball and transforming the future of the sport."

"It gives me great pride to be a member of Dub Nation," said Pelosi.

Both Pelosi and Lee represent parts of the Bay Area. Pelosi represents the 12th District of San Francisco and Rep. Lee represents the 13th District which includes Oakland, the home of the Warriors.  

Trump said last week that he would not be inviting either of the NBA Finals teams to the White House regardless of who won after Cleveland Cavaliers star player LeBron James said that neither teams were interested in a visit.

LeBron’s remarks came after Trump rescinded the Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to the White House due to a disagreement over standing for the national anthem. The White House also said a last-minute change in plans on the part of the Super Bowl-winning team to send a “smaller delegation” to the event was a major determining factor. 

The Eagles were similarly invited to the Capitol by Pennsylvania lawmakers Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) and Sen. Bob Casey (D), though they did not make the trip. 

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