While Democratic Party opposition to the Trump administration is nothing new, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) escalated the rhetoric this week during an appearance on MSNBC.
Using strong words to denounce GOP concerns about mail-in voting, she called President Donald Trump and his allies in the party “enemies of the state” and “domestic enemies,” as reported by Fox News.
“With their allies in the Congress”
The president has long demonstrated his ability to get under Pelosi’s skin, though she earned a particularly harsh rebuke from many in the GOP for her response to host Ayman Mohyeldin’s question regarding whether American voters should have confidence in the integrity of November’s presidential election.
“The Russians were there and they are there now 24/7 trying to interfere in our election, but they’re not the only ones,” she said, turning her attention to the current administration.
Pelosi referenced her “oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies,” alleging that ahead of November’s election, “the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring of the Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”
Her rhetoric attracted almost immediate denouncement from Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who called it “disgusting” in a tweet on Monday.
“Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans ‘domestic enemies,'” he wrote. “I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric. Where’s the media outrage?”
“Only hurts things”
Scalise, who referenced the 2017 shooting that left him gravely wounded during a congressional baseball practice game, was joined in his outrage by other GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“They want that chaos, they want the confusion because they know the president of the United States is going to win on Election Day, but they want to keep counting just like they did in New Jersey four weeks after their primary election,” he said.
According to Jordan, Pelosi’s take on the matter “does not help things, only hurts things.”
Nevertheless, the speaker maintained that Republicans are “doing everything they can, suppress the vote — with your actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this.”
For all the Democratic hand-wringing about Trump supposedly seeking to invalidate the results of November’s election, it seems that is exactly what the party’s leaders seem determined to do in the weeks leading up to Election Day.