Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer slammed the “hypocrites” who have been hailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a hero for pointing her finger at President Trump while she was once torched for doing something similar.
The Republican who served as governor from 2009 to 2015 called out the media for its fawning coverage of Pelosi after Trump tweeted an image of her standing up and pointing her finger at him during a meeting Wednesday before she stormed out.
The news media hails @SpeakerPelosi as a hero for pointing her finger at @POTUS @realDonaldTrump but when I stood up to @BarackObama I was vilified as rude and racist. Such Hypocrites! pic.twitter.com/banxxQp7F1
— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) October 17, 2019
Brewer noted that she was blasted for doing essentially the same thing in 2012 when she was photographed wagging her finger in former President Barack Obama’s face.
“The news media hails @SpeakerPelosi as a hero for pointing her finger at @POTUS @realDonaldTrump, but when I stood up to @BarackObama I was vilified as rude and racist. Such Hypocrites!” Brewer captioned a tweet with side-by-side images of the women.
The photograph of Brewer with Obama was snapped as the former president arrived in Arizona in 2012 and the two apparently got into a heated exchange. Obama was apparently unhappy over an excerpt in Brewer’s book in which the White House said later the governor had “inaccurately described” a previous meeting between them in the Oval Office.
“He was a little disturbed about my book, ‘Scorpions for Breakfast,'” Brewer said at the time, following the tarmac meeting. “He didn’t feel that I had treated him cordially. I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn’t get my sentence finished.”
In the book, Brewer had described meeting with Obama at the White House to discuss border security and immigration.
“It was [as] though President Obama thought he could lecture me, and I would learn at his knee,” she wrote. “He thinks he can humor me and then get rid of me.”
But she was blasted by the media and the public for seeming to disrespect the president with her finger-pointing, taking heat in many of the more than 12,000 letters and emails that poured into her office about “Fingergate.”
Yet Pelosi has been lauded for literally standing up to the president this week as she confronted him about his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The meeting reportedly became heated, leading to Pelosi along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. to storm out in a tantrum.
She claimed to reporters outside the meeting that when the discussion turned to troops being brought home from Syria, it caused Trump to have a “meltdown.”
“It just didn’t add up, but what it did do was cause a meltdown on the part of the president because he was unhappy with those questions,” she said.
Trump tweeted out a photo later accusing the speaker of having the meltdown.
Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Pelosi later made the photo her banner on her Twitter profile as praises poured in for her supposed courage while radio host Mark Levin noted not all Democrats stormed out of the meeting, proving that the moment of drama was pure theatrics.
The hashtag #PelosiMeltdown was soon trending as the Democrat was cheered on social media for her scolding of the president.
Thank you, Madam Speaker, for literally standing up for our country. pic.twitter.com/qu2c80zvKn
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 17, 2019
And while Brewer’s complaint about the media’s double standards was met with a fresh round of criticism for her photo with Obama, some Twitter users agreed with the former governor.
She has a point. https://t.co/eMr9nIzKol
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 18, 2019
If the media didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.
— The Intersect (@mburm201) October 18, 2019
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