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Hypocrisy: After Failing To Condemn Omar, Pelosi Quick To Push Anti-Trump Resolution

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When Democrats are quoting the Gospels and Ronald Reagan, it means they’re trying to be serious.

A Capitol Hill caucus that couldn’t figure out how to condemn one of its own members for blatantly anti-Semitic statements is having no problem rushing to the defense of that same member after a series of Twitter statements by President Donald Trump.

And Trump Derangement Syndrome is hitting harder than ever.

In a statement on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi implored her colleagues – Democrat and Republican – to join a resolution attacking Trump for tweets on Sunday that expressed contempt for progressive Democrats’ incessant attacks on the country and his administration.

In the tweets, Trump wrote:

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“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly … and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

In her statement, Pelosi referred to the parable of the Good Samaritan, which “teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves,” and quoted the 40th president to show how welcoming the United States should be to immigrants.

As usual, she was deliberately missing the point.

Most Americans understood that Trump’s Twitter attack  on the four noisiest freshmen in the 116th Congress – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – was a direct result of their grandstanding, hypocritical opposition to any form of cooperation with the Trump White House.

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They’ve shown repeatedly that they’re more interested in advancing their agenda by picking political fights with Trump, their own party and even Pelosi herself than in the effective governance of the United States.

For Pelosi, all that matters is a chance to unify her own party against the Republican administration.

In March, when Omar’s incessant anti-Semitic statements finally moved Democrats to take action against her, the result was a watered-down statement that ended up lumping the vicious hate of anti-Semitism in with virtually every other manifestation of humans disliking other humans.

It was, in short, a joke – a bad one. And everyone inside and outside Washington knew it.

But now that Pelosi has a chance to focus her feuding, disparate caucus on the president Democrats hope to dislodge, the action is swift, pointed and concentrated.

The giveaway, though, is she’s trying to extrapolate Trump’s words beyond the four Democratic congresswomen and pretend he was referring to any immigrant who comes to this country.

“I reject the President’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation,” Pelosi wrote.“The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets.”

Actually, contra the speaker, what Republicans must do is reject yet another hypocritical Democratic attempt to project the failings of her own party’s members onto the Trump White House.

Democrats couldn’t muster support to condemn rank, blanket anti-Semitism from one of their own members without producing a resolution so diluted it was devoid of meaning.

Another giveaway is Pelosi’s turning to the Scriptures and the Gipper to make her point — two sources that generally aren’t high on the list for Democratic appeals to authority.

The California Democrat can cite the Gospels and quote Ronald Reagan all she wants, but this resolution isn’t serious at all.

It’s another joke – a bad one – and everyone inside and outside Washington knows it.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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