Despite her proclamations that she is a devout Catholic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long been known as a staunch advocate for abortion.
During a recent conversation with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Pelosi took the rhetoric further by accusing conservatives in the pro-life movement of being “willing to sell the whole democracy down the river” in pursuit of their support of then-President Donald Trump.
“Gives me great grief”
According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi also asserted that abortion opponents were being hypocritical for not advocating for government-provided contraceptives.
In pursuit of Trump’s tax cuts, she argued that his supporters were motivated by “greed,” among other negative characteristics.
Her conversation on Clinton’s podcast You and Me Both began with a depiction of the events earlier this month that led to a violent riot on Capitol Hill. Pelosi was able to seamlessly shift from her condemnation of the so-called “insurrection” by Trump supporters upset by the results of November’s election to a more widespread denunciation of pro-life, pro-Trump Americans in general.
“Now, there’s one other element that I have been talking about for a long time that gives me great grief as a Catholic,” the House speaker declared. “I think that Donald Trump is president because of the issue of a woman’s right to choose.”
Pelosi recalled Trump’s list of proposed federal judges in describing his promise as “the dog whistle to the Evangelicals, to the Catholics, and all the rest: A woman will not have the right to choose.”
“To obtain and use power”
In attempting to tie in the chaos as the Capitol building, Pelosi claimed that a majority of Americans believe Trump played a role in inciting the violence but a minority thought he should be impeached as a result.
“Well, why?” she asked. “One issue: abortion. And that is enough.”
Notwithstanding the “greed of those who want their tax cut,” she said that many anti-abortion advocates “are very good people” acting in defense of their own personal views “but they were willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
Clinton dutifully agreed with her guest, noting that abortion rates had been in decline since the 1990s and describing as “really incredibly sad” that some within the pro-life movement were fraudulently exploiting “legitimate questions, concerns, and, yes, understanding of faith, to obtain and use power.”
Of course, President Joe Biden came into office with a promise to restore “unity,” even as Pelosi and other prominent Democratic Party leaders seem intent on further dividing the nation along ideological lines.