President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to unify a divided nation, and he even used his inaugural address to drive home that message. But some of the highest-ranking officials in his party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), are apparently opting to rachet up the divisive rhetoric instead.
According to The Hill, the speaker recently accused certain GOP lawmakers of acting as an “enemy” within the legislative branch.
“Guilty of treason”
According to The Hill, Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that her chamber includes Republicans “who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
Her remarks were a thinly veiled reference to prior comments from newly elected U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). The Hill separately reported that Greene predicted in a 2019 broadcast that the speaker would “suffer death” or “be in prison” for behavior the Georgia Republican described as treasonous.
In addition to her rhetoric against Pelosi, Greene also took aim at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), whom she declared “just as guilty of treason” as the House speaker. For her part, Waters made headlines in 2018 when she called on mobs of her supporters to harass Trump administration officials and staffers.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters told a crowd at the time.
While Greene’s official Facebook page also included posts apparently advocating violence — including firearm-related references — against Democrats, she defended herself against the latest backlash.
“Over the years, I’ve had teams of my people manage my pages,” the congresswoman said. “Most posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views.”
“Beyond the pale”
Pelosi also accused Greene of questioning the veracity of reports about deadly school shootings, stating: “It is absolutely appalling. And I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard that they have for the death of those children.”
Pelosi cited her concerns in complaining about Greene’s position on the House Education Committee, describing the congressional appointment as “beyond the pale.”
Others in the Democratic Party are similarly speaking out against Greene, including Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), who is behind a resolution to see the congresswoman expelled from the House. Even some in her own party, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), have expressed serious concerns.
“These comments are deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them,” a spokesperson said.