In the wake of several scandals and controversies, at least one of her Republican colleagues believes U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be removed from her leadership position.
In an op-ed this week, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) cited what he deemed unethical behavior on Pelosi’s part — particularly during the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — as evidence that she should step down as House speaker.
“Needs to be brought to the floor”
The congressman’s complaints date back as far as last year, however, with the speaker’s endorsement of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, as reported by Breitbart.
“Isn’t it past time for Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] to leave her office as Speaker of the House?” he wrote in his recent opinion piece for Fox News.
His statement noted that a motion to that effect had already been prepared “and merely needs to be brought to the floor,” calling on members of the House to put it up for a vote.
Biggs included specific concerns, including incendiary rhetoric Pelosi has used in reference to her political rivals.
“Pelosi recently referred to members of Congress who support President Donald Trump as ‘domestic criminals,'” he wrote.
“Animus toward the president”
The congressman went on to assert that the speaker’s permissive stance toward pro-impeachment Democrats “was based solely on animus toward the president, and not on any allegation of the commission of a ‘high crime or misdemeanor.'”
He criticized the left’s reliance on “Russian collusion,” writing that “they hubristically doubled down and dragged the president and this country through an impeachment hearing that was unnecessary” instead of accepting the evidence.
Pelosi has faced increased backlash during the public health crisis, most recently after she was caught on video at a hair salon in apparent violation of a local ordinance.
Other Republican lawmakers have joined Biggs in publicly rebuking the speaker’s leadership. Last month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed her for an ongoing stalemate, arguing that every time Republicans have “done legislation when it comes to COVID, Nancy Pelosi has always held it up for her own personal wish list.”
She has been a divisive figure even within her own party, but members of the GOP are increasingly willing to state their displeasure unequivocally and on the record.