House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was just caught undermining her own rules.
While Pelosi has pushed for members of the House to use gender-neutral terminology in legislation — even proposing a mandate on it in a new rules package — Breitbart reports that the speaker referred to herself as a “wife” and “mother” while speaking on the House floor Wednesday on the topic of impeaching President Donald Trump.
According to USA Today, the lower chamber voted 232–197 later that afternoon to impeach the president on a single charge: “incitement of insurrection.”
The Senate is set to take up the matter, which stems from what Democrats and even some Republicans believe was the president’s role in inciting a riot on Capitol Hill on the day Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College, as soon as next week.
“A wife, a mother, a grandmother”
Speaking Wednesday, Pelosi drew the ire of conservatives for failing to live up to her own gender-neutral standards.
“I stand before you today as an officer of the Constitution, as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” she said in a speech on floor, according to Breitbart.
“I stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter,” she said, “a daughter whose father proudly served in this Congress.”
Notably, the rules changes put forth by Pelosi and Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) ahead of the commencement of the 117th Congress bar the use of such terms “in the House rules.”
In their proposal, Pelosi and McGovern vied for the creation of the “Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth,” which they said would be tasked with ensuring the House “honors all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral,” among other things.
Part of that reportedly includes striking what Breitbart described as “gendered terms,” like “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half-sister, grandson, or granddaughter,” from the rules.
These terms would be replaced by gender-neutral ones like “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild,” Breitbart noted.
If Pelosi wants everyone to get on board with this ideology, she’d do well to start adhering to it herself.