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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew outrage and widespread condemnation on Monday after calling President Donald Trump and Republicans who support him “domestic enemies.”
A video clip posted by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), features Pelosi in an interview with MSNBC making the scandalous comment after repeating the Democrat conspiracy theory that the president is attempting to ‘sabotage’ the U.S. Postal Service so he can thwart mail-in balloting in November.
🚨 Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans "domestic enemies.”
I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric.
Where’s the media outrage? pic.twitter.com/cJZQ3E4dnU
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 24, 2020
“We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said.
“And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution,” she continued, stammering, before adding “right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”
She got no pushback from MSNBC.
An incredulous Scalise wrote: Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans ‘domestic enemies.’ I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric. Where’s the media outrage?”
Scalise was nearly assassinated by a Left-wing, rifle-toting supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders at a northern Virginia baseball field in June 2017.
Other Republicans were equally appalled.
“I served on the mission to capture Saddam Hussein. @SpeakerPelosi, I know what an enemy of the state is. Do you?” Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee clapped back.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) August 24, 2020
“Wow. The Speaker of the House of Representatives just called the President of the United States and Republicans in Congress ‘domestic enemies… enemies of the state.’ Her words are beneath the office of Speaker and she should resign immediately,” added Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives just called the President of the United States and Republicans in Congress "domestic enemies… enemies of the state."
Her words are beneath the office of Speaker and she should resign immediately. pic.twitter.com/W6PLBxXN6c
— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) August 24, 2020
Democrats have been pushing the conspiracy that the president and Republicans generally who are opposed to widespread mail-in voting are starving the Postal Service of funds to ensure that ballots are delayed and thus disqualified in November.
A record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail due to concerns over the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, Trump has little to do with the day-to-day functioning of the postal service, as former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) explained in a column last week.
As for Pelosi’s rhetoric, it certainly could be viewed as dog-whistling to Left-wing extremists that violence against Republicans and even the president is necessary and acceptable because they’re ‘enemies.’
Some may believe that her words amount to criminal seditious behavior but based on legal definitions, those suggestions may be a stretch.
“Sedition is a serious felony punishable by fines and up to 20 years in prison and it refers to the act of inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it,” FindLaw notes.
“In order to get a conviction for seditious conspiracy, the government must prove that the defendant in fact conspired to use force. Simply advocating for the use of force is not the same thing and in most cases is protected as free speech under the First Amendment,” the site notes further. “Ultimately, the goal is to prevent threats against the United States while protecting individuals’ First Amendment rights, which isn’t always such a clear distinction.”
At a minimum, especially given what happened to Scalise, Pelosi’s choice of words was highly irresponsible and unnecessarily inflammatory at a time when the country is so divided and violence is already widespread.
On social media, many users roundly condemned her.
Enemies of the State would be the ones who have undermined and tried to remove a duly elected President, while consistently lying to the American people and the world.
— M3thods (@M2Madness) August 24, 2020
Yet no indictments.
Also, why isn’t Pelosi being keelhauled for her husband’s alleged connections to contracts and subcontracts being made by his company with the USPS, while she is presenting bills to fund the USPS?
— Lance Dragon (@LanceDragon4) August 24, 2020
We are her enemy because she and the Democrats are our enemy.
— J🇺🇸 (@MAGA4UU) August 25, 2020
Always remember that Dems always accuse their opponents of that which they are doing or have done. It is a deflection that worked in the past. @Speaker Pelosi own daughter said “she’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.” cold heart.
— 3StoryHill (@3StoryHill) August 25, 2020
She needs to be arrested, that is sedition.
— 0 (@0xC0F) August 24, 2020
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