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In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” set to air Sunday, newly reelected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the prosecution of President Donald Trump once he leaves office.
“Sadly, the person who’s running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States, and only a number of days [remain] until we can be protected from him. But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him,” she told CBS’s Leslie Stahl.
Prosecution for what? The left is under the dubious impression that the president personally incited the riot that erupted at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday by encouraging and speaking at the peaceful protest and rally that had preceded it.
Listen to Pelosi’s call for prosecution below:
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 8, 2021
The House Speaker reportedly also tacitly endorsed the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
“No, it isn’t. Nothing is off the table,” she specifically said when asked whether using the 25th is “off the table.”
The problem for Pelosi and other Democrats seeking to punish the president is that there’s no legal basis for their case. In a column published Saturday, distinguished legal scholar Jonathan Turley noted that the remarks Trump made at Wednesday’s rally are in fact protected by the First Amendment.
“There was no call for lawless action by Trump. Instead, there was a call for a protest at the Capitol. Moreover, violence was not imminent, as the vast majority of the tens of thousands of protesters were not violent before the march, and most did not riot inside the Capitol,” he wrote.
“Like many violent protests in the last four years, criminal conduct was carried out by a smaller group of instigators. Capitol Police knew of the march but declined an offer from the National Guard since they did not view violence as likely.”
Moreover, Turley continued, were Trump to be held liable for the riot — either via criminal prosecution or impeachment — Democrats would be on the chopping block as well.
“Conservatives have pointed to Maxine Waters asking her supporters to confront Republicans in restaurants, while Ayanna Pressley insisted amidst the violent marches last year that ‘there needs to be unrest in the streets,’ and Kamala Harris said ‘protesters should not let up’ even as some of those marches turned violent. They can legitimately argue their rhetoric was not meant to be a call for violence, but this standard is filled with subjectivity,” he pointed out.
Unhinged is about right! Dangerous! Irresponsible! And Reckless!
— SkyMax ✟ (@Sky_Max) August 17, 2020
The House Speaker has also made similarly provocative comments.
“I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country,” she said in 2018 when expressing her anger over the Trump administration’s illegal immigration policies.
And then just a couple months ago she accused the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death of “murder,” thus echoing the false rhetoric of BLM extremists.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw fired back by accusing her of “reckless endangerment, pure and simple” given the ongoing riots at the time.
Stop the inflammatory rhetoric, Speaker Pelosi.
Accusing police of murder, when the evidence proves otherwise, is reckless endangerment, pure and simple.
People are listening to these words, and they’re destroying cities and shooting police officers in the face because of it. https://t.co/8r7OEizNYq
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 25, 2020
It’s not just the facts that are against Pelosi — so is the public. A Hill-HarrisX poll conducted after Wednesday’s riot found that a 55 percent majority of Americans blame the riot on “mostly the actions of a mob of people.” The poll also found that a 51 percent majority believes “there was no basis for” impeachment.
In separate remarks made Saturday during a virtual meeting with her constituents, Pelosi reportedly blamed the riot on so-called “whiteness.”
“It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their Whiteness over democracy,” she said, as reported by Fox News.
The tenor of her remarks aligns closely with those of newly elected Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, a race hustler who’s argued that America needs to repent for its alleged “worship of whiteness.” It’s an ironic viewpoint given as America seems to suffer from the exact opposite condition.
From the NFL playing the so-called “black national anthem” before all Week 1 games to corporations falling over themselves to grant black people — and only black people — certain privileges and perks, there’s been a demonstrable effort to elevate black people over everybody else, including but certainly not limited to whites.
And then there are the Black Lives Matter riots that were fully endorsed, promoted and encouraged by congressional Democrats, mainstream media outlets and major corporations this past summer, even as the rioters burned businesses, attacked bystanders and killed innocent people.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 8, 2021
Perhaps what America suffers from isn’t a “worship of whiteness” but rather a worship of hypocrisy — particularly Democrat-styled hypocrisy?
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