While many Democratic Party leaders have been accused of downplaying the violent and destructive elements within the ongoing protests across the nation, such disturbing reports are apparently becoming too obvious to avoid.
As a recent example, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) included a clear condemnation of rioting during a speech and called for those guilty of participating in it to be prosecuted, as revealed in a video clip tweeted by The Hill.
“They should be prosecuted”
Her remarks on the issue came during an address from the House floor on Thursday.
Speaker Pelosi: “We support peaceful demonstrations. We participate in them. They are part of the essence of our democracy. That does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting. They should be prosecuted. That is lawlessness.” pic.twitter.com/Xq89RLR70f
— The Hill (@thehill) September 17, 2020
“We support peaceful demonstrations,” she said. “We participate in them. They are part of the essence of our democracy.”
Pelosi went on to affirm, however, that this “does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting” and that those responsible for such “lawlessness” should face criminal prosecution.
She praised remarks made by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who similarly addressed the criminal element within the widespread demonstrations that grew out of the anger over George Floyd’s death while in police custody earlier this year.
“No matter who it is”
“I’ve condemned it across the board,” Biden said earlier this month, as reported by Fox News. “The president still hasn’t condemned the far-right folks coming out and protesting and using violence.”
The former vice president went on to tell WGAL reporter Barbara Barr that he condemns “violence no matter who it is” when she asked for a response about Antifa protesters in particular.
“I’m very proud that Joe Biden has presented the clarity of that,” Pelosi said of Biden’s prior statements. “Making a distinction that I don’t think our colleagues quite understand, but the American people do.”
Of course, in the aftermath of rioting in Maryland the led to the destruction of a Christopher Columbus statue, the House speaker attracted criticism for appearing to brush off the incident, asserting that people “will do what they will do.”
Pelosi has developed a record in recent months of siding with protesters against law enforcement officers. As dangerous and damaging demonstrations continue to impact communities nationwide, however, Democrats appear to be learning that their message is not resonating with average Americans.