Tulsi Gabbard slams Pelosi’s ‘inflammatory rhetoric’: It’s ‘like throwing a match into the tinderbox’

Even Democrats aren’t happy with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) hostile remarks toward Republicans.

After Pelosi smeared House Republicans who choose to carry firearms on the Capitol grounds as “the enemy…within the House,” U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-CA) put the speaker on notice for her “inflammatory rhetoric.”

“This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox,” Gabbard declared Friday, according to Fox News. Take a look:

“The enemy is within”

The congresswoman’s comments, made during Friday’s episode of Fox’s The Ingraham Angle, came after Pelosi said at a press conference this week that she agrees with some of her colleagues that additional funding for Capitol security is necessary — but it’s not just because of the riot on the Hill earlier this month. Pelosi said “the enemy is within the House of Representatives,” too.

“I do believe, and I have said this all along,” she said, “that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for Members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that Members are concerned about, in addition to what is happening outside.”

Pressed to explain what she meant by “the enemy is within,” Pelosi made clear that her characterization applied to her GOP colleagues.

“It means that we have Members of Congress who want to bring guns on the Floor and have threatened violence on other Members of Congress,” she said, according to a transcript from her office.

“She needs to apologize”

Speaking Friday, Gabbard called such rhetoric from Pelosi “incredibly dangerous,” considering that the country is already “on edge.”

“If this is a [criminal threat], let law enforcement deal with it,” Gabbard told host Laura Ingraham, according to Fox. “If there is no evidence of what she is talking about, it is inciting further division and further harm potentially and further destroying the possibility of our country coming together.”

The congresswoman went on: “If these accusations are baseless, she needs to apologize — not so much to her colleagues but to the American people who right now, more than ever, need leadership coming from the speaker of the House, who represents all members of Congress and the American people to bring us together.”

Pelosi’s rhetoric certainly doesn’t align with the “unity” message her caucus has been pushing so hard over the last 10 days since Democrat President Joe Biden took office. What changed?

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