Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), over Pelosi’s labeling of Republicans in the House as “the enemy within” because some want to carry guns inside the Capitol building.
Pelosi was discussing what she sees as a need for more security funding for House members and said it was because “the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about.”
Reporters were confused and asked her to clarify the meaning of her statement. She then said, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
Gabbard characterized Pelosi’s comments as irresponsible and inflammatory, saying, “This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox.”
“What Speaker Pelosi is talking about is a very serious thing,” Gabbard continued. “If there is evidence to back what she is saying … is true, this is a legal issue for law enforcement.”
She explained that when she was in the House, an individual threatened her repeatedly and was arrested and convicted for the behavior. “Members of Congress are not above the law,” she said.
But if there is no evidence that House members are threatening other House members, then Pelosi is just “inciting further division and further harm potentially and further destroying the possibility of our country coming together,” she said, calling that behavior “incredibly dangerous.”
More than 30 members of the House have asked for more security, but most of those have asked to be able to spend their own daily allowances on additional security in their home districts, not in Washington.
And yet Pelosi is making it sound like she needs money for security for House members inside the Capitol, to protect them from other House members. It’s the kind of thing that used to make former President Donald Trump call her “crazy” on a regular basis when he was in the White House.
Why is Tulsi Gabbard the only person with the courage to confront Pelosi on her wild statements? Surely there must be one Democrat actually still in the House who doesn’t think this kind of demagoguing and demonizing of political opponents is okay.
The lack of courage among Democrats to confront Pelosi on her irresponsible rhetoric ought to be a disqualifier for service, just like Pelosi’s comments, if they are shown to have no factual basis, should be.
Until people in both parties demand better from their lawmakers, they’re simply not going to get it.