Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi painted the picture of a challenging upcoming election season for her Democratic Party colleagues this week.
And the veteran California representative painted that picture with some choice — and potentially inciteful — words.
With Republicans in congressional swing districts, contested Senate seats and the White House fighting hard to maintain their strong position, Pelosi told an audience Friday at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting that 2020 is going to be a “tough election” season.
“For them this is going to be about money,” she told her colleagues, according to The Hill. “They’ll put up any amount of money to protect their investment of degrading the environment, and the rest, guns and all that.”
“You have to be ready to take a punch,” she continued.
“And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children.”
The stakes could not be higher. Just as we did in 2018, Democrats have made the decision to win in 2020!
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 23, 2019
Pelosi’s comments come at a time when Democrats have been at the throats of President Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues and supporters, leveling charges that similarly divisive, blunt rhetoric from conservatives will incite violence.
People on Twitter pointed out that much of the rhetoric explicitly encouraging violence has come from the left.
More violent rhetoric from the left!
— mark s (@MarkS760) August 23, 2019
Stop promoting violence @SpeakerPelosi
— AllAmericanGirl (@SBNOLAborn) August 23, 2019
“More violent rhetoric from the left!” one user tweeted.
Dems have to ‘be ready to throw a punch for the children’ in 2020, Pelosi says https://t.co/VlnKJGaUBE #politics This sounds like something Portland black-mask thugs would say as the cops are hauling them off. “But, I did it for the childreeeeeen!” pic.twitter.com/rAVsPGGTMe
— Douglas Ernst (@douglasernst) August 23, 2019
“Dems have to ‘be ready to throw a punch for the children’ in 2020, Pelosi says,” wrote Washington Times reporter Dogulas Ernst.
“This sounds like something Portland black-mask thugs would say as the cops are hauling them off.”
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