Watch: Pelosi Stands Against Blaming Politicians for Violence...When Dem Shot Scalise
Does Nancy Pelosi believe politicians should be blamed when violence is committed by their supporters or against their opponents? Of course not! At least not when it’s her side.
As you might know, Pelosi is just one of the Democrats who’s already blaming the mailing of devices containing explosive material on President Donald Trump.
“We listened with great interest to the President’s remarks this afternoon. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people, and that is our first responsibility,” a joint statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Pelosi read, according to the Washington Examiner.
“However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”
“Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions,” the statement continued.
“Expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.”
Some of these might not be the president’s best moments, of course, but some aren’t exhortations to violence, others are exaggerated and conflated in Pelosi’s statement and others are simply untrue (no, Trump didn’t “support the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville” in any material way, no matter how hard you want to spin it).
However, the important thing is that Pelosi holds politicians accountable for the actions of others even when we don’t know their motives (or who they are). Except when they target conservatives, of course.
When asked about the role that “vitriolic rhetoric from the left” played in the shooting of Republican congressmen on a Virginia baseball field in the summer of 2017 — when it was known that the shooter was an ardent liberal who was targeting the congressmen because they were Republicans, Pelosi was a lot more evasive.
Calling it an “excellent question,” she said that “the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous.”
For anyone who wants to correlate Trump’s rhetoric with today’s attempted attack on Democrats — listen to how @NancyPelosi felt about correlating Democrats’ rhetoric to the shooting of @SteveScalise: pic.twitter.com/d55N8aQvGW
— Greg Tomlin 💬 (@TomlinMedia) October 24, 2018
Those comments, of course, questioned whether or not heated rhetoric from the Democrats should be condemned when House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was close to death.
“How dare they say such a thing?” Pelosi continued. “So this sick individual does something despicable — and it was horrible what he did, hateful — but for them to all of a sudden be sanctimonious as if they’ve never seen such a thing before. And I don’t even want to go into the president of the United States in terms of some of the language he has used.”
“But the sanctimony of it all — really? Really? What do you think? Don’t you think it’s strange?”
Of course, now that sanctimony helps her out, sanctimony is well advised for her. However, that doesn’t make her any less hypocritical over the whole affair.
No, Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat who has come out and blamed the president for a crime he had nothing to do with. No, she’s not the only Democrat who’s guilty of hypocrisy when it comes to the Scalise shooting.
She’s arguably the most senior, however — and the individual who sets the tone for Democrats in Congress’ lower house. That’s why her pietism ought to strike a very sour note.
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