House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew widespread condemnation on Monday after calling President Trump and Republicans who support him “domestic enemies.”
A video posted by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, features Pelosi in an interview with MSNBC making the scandalous remark 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.
“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 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 didn’t wait long to also blast Pelosi.
“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.
“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.
Democrats have been pushing the conspiracy that President Trump and Republicans generally 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, the President has little to do with the day-to-day functioning of the postal service, as former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz explained in a column last week.
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 least, especially given what happened to Scalise, Pelosi’s choice of words was highly irresponsible and inflammatory at a time when the country is so divided and violence is already widespread.
Many users on social media roundly condemned Nancy Pelosi’s comments.