The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week over her response to the violence and destruction that has emerged from ongoing widespread protests.
During a Fox News Channel interview on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) accused Pelosi of siding with the violent rioters responsible for tearing down the statue of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, California.
The saint represented in the vandalized memorial is a key figure in Calfornia history and is credited for establishing several missions in the region.
“Adding to the mob”
McCarthy pointed out that Pelosi had not addressed the incident, which occurred within her own district, or similar acts in locations across the U.S.
“Think about the district she represents now in San Francisco,” he said. “There was a statue of St. Serra. This is the individual who created nine different missions, a statue inside the Capitol that the speaker, myself, and Joe Biden, along with the Pope, [have] stopped and prayed at.”
The congressman went on to describe her silence as “appalling,” asserting that it amounts to defending “destruction” instead of the rule of law.
“This is adding to the mob — and allowing it to be taken over,” McCarthy added.
“People will do what they do”
Earlier in the week, Pelosi faced criticism for appearing to dismiss the acts of protesters who have damaged or destroyed historical statues. When asked for a reaction by reporters, she responded, “People will do what they do.”
This is not the first time McCarthy has proven a vocal opponent to his Democratic counterpart over the issue of demonstrations that broke out nationwide after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May.
“Although it would not excuse her weeks-long delay, a clear, sincere, and unequivocal rejection of the mob would go a long way in conveying that lawlessness and violence will not be tolerated by either party,” he asserted in a prior statement.
It is clear that Pelosi and other Democratic leaders intend to cast their lots alongside those who are engaging in protests of all types.
While the underlying calls for racial equality and police oversight are worthy pursuits, it hardly seems politically advantageous to side with those behind destructive and often violent acts.