After Washington, D.C.’s historic St. John’s Episcopal Church was set on fire by protesters last weekend, President Donald Trump made a point of visiting it in person with Bible in hand.
That move resulted in a storm of criticism from the left, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who went after the president at a press conference on Tuesday — and according to Fox News, she pulled out a Bible of her own to do it.
Pelosi slams Trump church visit
As she spoke to reporters assembled on Capitol Hill, Pelosi turned to the book of Ecclesiastes and began speaking about the importance of time.
“There’s an appointed time for everything,” Fox quoted the California Democrat as saying. “‘A time for every event under heaven… A time to heal, a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing’ – how about that?” Pelosi asked. “Let’s focus on a time to heal,” she went on to say, asserting that Trump has “a responsibility to heal” rather than to exacerbate existing tensions.
“We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame,” she added, according to Fox.
The House speaker next quoted from a statement issued in 1992 by former President George H. W. Bush on the notorious police beating of Rodney King and the devastating Los Angeles riots that followed, according to the Daily Mail.
“Those terrible scenes stir us all to demand an end to gratuitous violence and brutality,” Pelosi quoted Bush as saying. “Law-enforcement officials cannot place themselves above the law that they are sworn to defend.”
Pelosi wasn’t finished with Trump, however, next accusing the president of instructing law enforcement officers to come “out and beat” those surrounding St. John’s Church “so the president could come out and go forward.”
Selective piety on display
The longtime San Francisco politician has had a notably inconsistent history when it comes to invoking religion in the public sphere.
When she was asked in December of last year whether she hated President Trump, Pelosi reacted angrily and responded as though her own faith had been placed under attack, according to CNBC.
“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time,” she insisted.
However, when asked on another occasion about the legality of late-term abortion, Pelosi referred to the practice as “sacred ground,” despite the formal, official opposition her own church has historically registered against it. You can’t have it both ways, Nancy.