Journalist Jack Posobiec pointed out on Sunday that the hashtag #PelosiMustGo was trending on Twitter this weekend — and it wasn’t just Republicans who wanted to see the House speaker removed from her post.
Many of Nancy Pelosi’s loudest online detractors were those attacking her from the left, arguing that the longtime California Democrat simply hasn’t been radical enough.
Leftists dissatisfied with Pelosi
“Women who support Pelosi — like working-class Republicans — vote against their own interests,” tweeted Democratic congressional candidate Shahid Buttar.
Buttar is challenging Pelosi in California’s 12th district this November as a self-described democratic socialist, and he took particular issue with the speaker’s decision to support pro-life Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar’s primary campaign.
“Pelosi preserved the Hyde Amendment, and supported reproductive authoritarian Henry Cuellar over a pro-choice woman of color,” Buttar complained, adding, “We, in contrast, support women’s rights.”
One of Buttar’s supporters also condemned Pelosi for being “a hundred millionaire who has done nothing but block progressive legislation.”
Pelosi has been getting criticism from the progressive wing of her party for some time now. Last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) implied that the House speaker’s opposition to her agenda could be rooted in racism.
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post in July of 2019.
“But,” she continued, “the persistent singling out…it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful…the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Pence slams speaker
Pelosi certainly has no shortage of critics within the GOP, either. Just last week, Vice President Mike Pence took the speaker to task for failing to condemn a mob in Baltimore that destroyed a statue of Christopher Columbus.
“To have the Speaker of the House tacitly affirm the rule of the mob is unconscionable,” Pence said during an interview with Breitbart News.
“We’re not going to have it,” the vice president 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.”