House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made quite a splash in January by announcing that any lawmaker that attempts to circumvent newly-installed metal detectors before entering the House would be fine $5,000 dollars.
While she’s zealously followed through on threats to fine GOP lawmakers objecting to the security measures, Pelosi won’t hold herself to the same standard and has been targeted by Republican legislators who say they aren’t going to let her get away with the shocking double standard.
Caught in the act
The uproar began on Thursday when Pelosi was caught allegedly entered the lower chamber through the “Speaker’s lobby,” which bypasses the metal detectors she requires all other members of Congress to go through.
“She opened the session on the floor, she came through what is known as the Speaker’s lobby,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) told Fox News “We are all told, one Republican was fined for doing this just yesterday, that you cannot walk through those entrances unless you are disabled.”
Pelosi blithely ditched her own rule to enter the chamber but did not hesitate to slap a fine on Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Friday for bypassing the metal detectors when leaving the House floor to head to the restroom.
Hawk-eyed Republicans immediately raised a ruckus about Pelosi’s clear violation of her own rule, calling for her to pay the fine just as she requires GOP legislators to do.
“Pay the fine Speaker Pelosi,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) wrote on Twitter. Crenshaw later made it clear that he won’t let the matter rest until she agrees to abide by her own dictates.
“Now is this a smart rule? No,” Crenshaw explained to Fox News. “Is this a rule that makes sense? No of course not. But that’s not the point, the point is they’re her rules. She’s literally confiscated property in the form of money, which we think is unconstitutional, but in any case they’re doing it.”
“She won’t abide by the rules herself so we’re going to make a huge push for her to actually have to pay that fine,” the Texas representative concluded.
Holding hypocrites accountable
This isn’t the first time Pelosi has been busted breaking the rules she wants everyone else to follow. She came under heavy fire last summer for ignoring her home city’s COVID-19 rules in order to get her hair done privately in a San Francisco salon, despite all salons in the city being shut down by Democrat leadership for safety reasons.
Despite the obvious flouting of rules she pushed on a national level, Pelosi was never required to apologize for her misstep and acted as if it never happened, and she’s attempting to do the same in regard to this most recent incident.
Pelosi has not publicly commented on accusations that she circumvented her own House rule — despite the House voting on Tuesday to approve the rule requiring all members of the lower chamber to pass through the security devices before entering the floor — and she likely has no plans to do so in the future.