Internecine rhetorical warfare between and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was the order of the day as the California Democrat conducted her weekly press briefing. suggested that lawmakers - including Mr. Hoyer, a 19-term Maryland Democrat - were incapable of crafting sound immigration policy because of the color of their skin.
As Republicans spent the better part of Friday trying to dodge the controversy provoked by President Donald Trump's comments that various countries were "s**tholes", Democrats found themselves inside of their own, smaller racial controversy after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi derided fellow party leaders in an attempt to make a joke.
Pelosi then tried to tie the zing to popular East Coast burger chain Five Guys: "Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?"
Although Pelosi criticized the group for its lack of diversity, Hoyer helped the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, crash the large bipartisan meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this week.
Hoyer pushed back against the remarks.
"The sensitivity even on the wording is really important [and] for people who are engaged in these issues to be there at the table", she said.
Or is Nancy Pelosi just determined to be the gift that keeps on giving all year round? "When they get something like a $1000 bonus at Christmas time because of this tax cut, it's hardly crumbs", said the Speaker of the House. 'It's not a question of who's there but who's not there'.
The DACA deal is more threatened by Trump's comments than Pelosi's.
The comments have been eclipsed however after President Trump was forced to deny on Friday that he didn't want the USA receiving immigrants from "s***hole countries" in the Caribbean and Africa.