House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the fine details of a smear tactic that sounded eerily familiar in a C-SPAN video.
The clip, which dates from 2017, shows Pelosi describing a method called the “wrap-up smear” with apparent delight, like an expert boasting about secret methods of sabotage.
Liberal “fact-checking” sites have attempted to de-bunk the clip, noting that Pelosi was accusing Republicans of using the technique. But the sophisticated smear method that she describes is all too familiar to anyone who’s been following the Democrats’ recent conduct.
Pelosi describes elaborate smear tactics
The things that Pelosi says in the video would not shock anyone who saw how the Democrats behaved during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, or who has been awake for the last several weeks of highly personal Democratic mudslinging amid the partial government shutdown.
The video records Pelosi speaking to reporters at a weekly press briefing in 2017. Liberals say her comments were taken out of context, but she talks about the smear method like somebody who has used it once or twice.
“It’s a diversionary tactic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. You demonize, and then you — we call it the wrap-up smear. You want to talk about politics? It’s called the wrap-up smear. You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest, and then you merchandise it, and then you write it, and they’ll say ‘See, it’s reported in the press that this, this, and this,’ so they have that validation that the press reported the smear, and then it’s called a wrap-up smear. ‘Now I’m going to merchandise the press’s report on the smear that we made.’ It’s a tactic, and it’s self-evident,” Pelosi says.
The method seems to go as follows: blackball, market the false-hood as ironclad truth to the press, which then validates and polishes the smear, further enabling the perpetrator/s of the smear to pass it off as factual. Sound familiar?
The Daily Caller put together a video that shows the eerie similarity between what Pelosi describes and the tactics that Democrats used against Brett Kavanaugh, with help from their buddies in the media.
Context doesn’t change meaning
Some “fact-checkers” have noted that Pelosi’s monologue about the smear is missing important context: she was actually describing a method allegedly used by Republicans. Here’s a more complete version of her comments:
Because, basically, at the end of the day that’s what people are interested in — their representative and what their representative is going to do for their district. Republicans are afraid of that contrast in a race. Because they’re going to go there to be involved in trickle-down economics, shutting down hospitals, and the rest of it. So they don’t want them to see that contrast, so they focus on something else. And it’s a diversionary tactic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You demonize, and then you — we call it the wrap-up smear.
It’s easy to see why liberals might consider this context to be the end of the story. But it’s not. Yes, Pelosi was not describing the “wrap-up smear” quite so transparently as a favored political tactic, but she was clearly describing something familiar to her and her party.
What’s more, the media plays a critical role in the “wrap-up smear,” according to Pelosi, and if anybody has clout with the media, it certainly is not Trump or the Republicans.
Pelosi is a consummate politician and no stranger to low-brow political maneuvering. A careful observer of her Oval Office show-down with Trump last month will note how Pelosi came charging out of the gate with accusations of a “Trump shutdown” to frame the president as the bad guy for wanting border security.
Liberals can call this misleading, but it looks more like a moment of vulnerability when the mask dropped.