Democratic Party leaders spent months after November’s election decrying former President Donald Trump’s challenges regarding disputed results as an attempt to overturn the will of the people.
Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others on the left are working to do exactly that in an Iowa congressional race. Rep. Marriannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), however, has produced a letter from Pelosi that proves the speaker was not always voicing concerns about the certified results of the election.
Pelosi’s changing position
Democratic opponent Rita Hart lost the race by a razor-thin six votes, and Pelosi has come out in favor of a challenge that could see Miller-Meeks ousted from her seat on Capitol Hill.
For the Iowa Republican’s part, she is going public with a recent tweet showing a congratulatory letter Pelosi sent her along with a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol building on the day Miller-Meeks was sworn in.
The letter was dated Jan. 3 and, as the military veteran explained in a caption to the tweet posted on Friday, she was “especially honored and humbled” to receive the flag.
As a 24-year military veteran, I am especially honored and humbled to receive this flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on the day I was sworn in to serve the people of Iowa’s Second Congressional District. #IA02 pic.twitter.com/kyhKgrwgQa
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (@RepMMM) March 18, 2021
Pelosi welcomed Miller-Meeks to Congress, going on to discuss the “solemn responsibility” that comes along with the position.
“You don’t often see hypocrisy this blatant”
“I look forward to working with you in a Congress that is bipartisan and unifying,” the California Democrat wrote.
The wording of Pelosi’s letter seems to signify her acceptance of the results, but her views on the race to represent Iowa’s 2nd congressional district have apparently changed in subsequent weeks.
Rather than challenge the election results in state or federal courts, Hart is instead calling upon the Democratic-controlled House Administration Committee to intervene on her behalf and overturn her narrow loss.
Pelosi’s gambit could theoretically work, giving her party one more seat in its slim House majority. Critics on the other side of the aisle, however, are making it clear that they view her support of the measure as clear evidence of partisan duplicity.
“You don’t often see hypocrisy this blatant, this shameless, so quickly,” asserted Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a statement on Thursday.