Democrats have had little to say in opposition to the lawless actions of angry leftist mobs in the wake of widespread protests over alleged police brutality — and now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has made clear that she simply doesn’t care about the destruction.
But that isn’t sitting well with Mike Pence. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, the vice president said Pelosi’s attitude toward the vandals is “unconscionable” and only serves as further evidence of the House speaker’s “surrender to the mob.”
“People will do what they do”
Pelosi’s apathetic remarks came in response to news out of Baltimore, Maryland that on July 4, vandals had toppled a statue honoring famed explorer Christopher Columbus and thrown the wrecked monument into the city’s inner harbor.
During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, Pelosi was asked by a reporter if it perhaps would have been better if a city council or committee had taken down the statue instead of an angry mob.
The speaker replied with a shrug. “People will do what they do.”
The speaker did, however, concede that from a “safety” angle, perhaps taking down large monuments would be better left to professionals.
Take a look at her remarks, as shared by The Hill, below:
Reporter asking about Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore: “Shouldn’t that be done by a commission or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the night throwing it into a harbor?”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “People will do what they do.” pic.twitter.com/mlSUDIBZRv
— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2020
Vice President Pence, for his part, was asked about Pelosi’s comments during an interview with a Breitbart reporter while onboard a campaign bus making a tour of central Pennsylvania to raise funds and support for President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts.
“Tearing down monuments is not protests,” Pence said of the lawless mobs, according to Breitbart. “Burning churches is not free speech. To have the Speaker of the House tacitly affirm the rule of the mob is unconscionable.”
Pence also said that “for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to say ‘they will do what they will do’ is a surrender to the mob.”
“We’re not going to have it,” he added, according to Breitbart. “The American people know the foundation of our prosperity is law and order and the rule of law. We’re going to continue to stand strong for the rule of law against the rule of the mob.”