Nate Jackson / Feb. 9, 2021

Pelosi: ‘Fines for Thee but Not for Me’

She punished two Republicans for violating a bad rule she won’t follow herself.

Nancy Pelosi is a hypocrite. Yeah, yeah, tell us something we don’t know, you say. Fair enough, but it’s always worth highlighting just what a morally bankrupt and sanctimonious charlatan the leader of the House Democrats really is.

After the Capitol riot, Democrats have had one aim: Smear all 74 million Donald Trump voters with the actions of a few loons. They went so far as to impeach Donald Trump a second time on trumped-up charges, and his trial starts today. But there have been a few other side effects, like instituting a policy that stipulates even House members must go through a metal detector upon entering the Capitol building. It’s security theater evidently meant to embarrass and ensnare Republicans.

Two Republicans, Louie Gohmert (TX) and Andrew Clyde (GA), have been fined $5,000 for violating Pelosi’s rule. Gohmert called it unconstitutional, since Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution says members of Congress shall be “privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”

Come now. The Constitution never stood in the way of anything else Pelosi has ever wanted, so why start now?

Moreover, what’s good for the gander wasn’t good for the goose.

Several Republicans from the Committee on House Administration sent a letter to House Acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett advising that Pelosi isn’t following her own rules. In fact, they say, “Multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening. What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine.”

It’ll never happen, of course, because everyone knows Democrats operate under a completely different set of rules than the rest of us commoners.

Remember that time Pelosi went to visit a salon without a mask during a lockdown and a pandemic? The salon owner was the only one punished for that.

Or how about that time Pelosi ripped up a physical copy of the State of the Union Address in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2071 and the Presidential Records Act of 1978? Nothing came of it.

And again, Pelosi is guilty of this hypocritical fine and rules violation after having impeached Trump on charges related to the very subject of her rules violation, and after leading the effort to strip a Republican of committee assignments for saying things less offensive or violent than numerous Democrats.

None of this is to say that Pelosi should be punished for her metal detector avoidance or her salon visit. (The SOTU might be another matter.) But she should quit holding anyone else to standards she’s unwilling to follow herself or enforce on her own party. That’s just generally a good rule of life.

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