Pelosi's Pugnacious Preaching
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) was in the batter’s box when a deranged leftist opened fire at a ball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday. Davis reflected, “This could be the first political rhetorical terrorist attack.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put a finer point on it, saying, “You’ve had a series of things … that tell people that it’s OK to hate Trump. It’s OK to think of Trump in violent terms. It’s OK to consider assassinating Trump and then … suddenly we’re supposed to rise above it — until the next time?”
As Mark Alexander argued, violent leftist rhetoric is exactly why violent actions followed.
Yet House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was having none of it. Asked to respond to Republican comments, she was incredulous. “The comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous,” Pelosi lectured. “Beneath the dignity of the job they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect we would like Congress to command. How dare they say such a thing? How dare they?”
If anyone knows about operating beneath the dignity of the office, it’s Pelosi. Typical of her ridiculous anti-GOP rhetoric is this regarding Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings: “The president … has appointed someone who has come down on the side of corporate America … against employees’ rights. Clean air, clean water, food safety, safety in medicine and the rest — if you care about that for your children, he’s not your guy.” There are other examples of Pelosi’s slander too numerous to recount here.
But yesterday, she leveled both rhetorical barrels at Republicans again. “Probably as we sit here, they’re running caricatures of me … of vitriolic things they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren really predicated on their comments and their paid ads.” She 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 that he has used.”
She wasn’t done, relating a harrowing tale of having received “scores of horrible, disgusting, yucky messages — a lot of them toward me, a lot of them toward Hillary Clinton, a lot of them toward Barack Obama. And using language that is from some of the messages that [Republicans] had put out.”
We’re not defending hateful rhetoric directed to members of Congress, but is she seriously comparing some mean mail or phone calls with the bullets fired at her Republican colleagues? We’ve heard the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” but she might be taking that too literally.