House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivered what was perhaps her most egregious line yet in a recent interview with the MSNBC — but according to National Review‘s Tobias Hoonhout, the mainstream media has done little to call Pelosi out for crossing the line.
Speaking with MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin on Monday, Pelosi said plainly that the Trump administration and its allies in Congress are “enemies of the state” who, like Russia, are trying to “interfere” in the 2020 election and “suppress the vote.”
“The Russians were there [in 2016] and they are there now 24/7 trying to interfere in our election, but they’re not the only ones,” the House speaker said Monday, according to Fox News. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring of the Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”
“Enemies of the state”
Pelosi was responding Monday to concerns over whether the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can handle the massive number of mail-in ballots that Democrats anticipate will be flooding in this November. President Donald Trump, for his part, has warned against vote-by-mail, saying it opens the door for fraud, as Hoonhout noted.
The House speaker and her comrades have perceived Trump’s stance as an assault on the integrity of November’s election — and they’ve launched their own line of attack against Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy. With DeJoy at the helm, Trump and his allies are “doing everything they can [to] suppress the vote” this fall, Pelosi said Monday.
“They’re doing everything they can [to] suppress the vote with their actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this,” she said, according to Fox. “It’s really, actually shameful. Enemies of the state.”
Pelosi’s remarks drew ire from many on the right, including Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R), who called the House speaker’s comments “absolutely appalling,” as Hoonhout reported. “This kind of dangerous rhetoric only serves to divide us more as a country,” Loeffler said in a tweet Monday.
Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise had a similar take. “I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric,” the House minority whip wrote, according to Hoonhout.
But while Republicans have blasted what Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) described as “gross and divisive comments” from Pelosi, many in the media have remained eerily silent on the matter. As Hoonhout noted, reporters have “so far ignored” Pelosi’s off-the-wall remarks, “despite providing wall-to-wall coverage of President Trump’s use of the term ‘the enemy of the American People’ to describe the press in 2017.”
Talk about double standards.