As Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accuses outgoing President Donald Trump of having lit the fuse of an “insurrection” by challenging Joe Biden’s election victory, the House speaker is coming under fire for her own indiscretions.
As the Washington Examiner reports, many are wondering where the outrage was when Pelosi claimed in 2017 that Trump “hijacked” the 2016 election, and whether that too constituted “inciting violence.”
Pelosi: 2016 race was “hijacked”
Twitter began flagging Trump’s tweets prior to the election, as the Examiner notes, when the president warned that Democrats would use mail-in voting to defraud the vote. The censorship continued until the platform finally banned Trump nearly two weeks ago.
The stunning ban came after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol; Democrats have since moved to impeach Trump a second time, accusing him, and effectively anyone who claimed that Biden lost, of inciting an “insurrection.”
Even before the riot, Democrats and their allies in the media and Big Tech had dismissed any notion of challenging the results as a baseless, and essentially treasonous, attempt to disenfranchise the people, but it’s worth noting that Democrats questioned Trump’s 2016 election victory — for years. Despite never forwarding any evidence, they accused Trump of having somehow stolen his way to victory with the assistance of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The theory completely dominated the news cycle.
One particular tweet from Speaker Pelosi has resurfaced, causing many to cry foul. The May 2017 post, which came just as Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged Trump–Russia collusion, claimed that there “is no question” that “our election was hijacked.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2017
Critics balk at Dems’ hypocrisy
Mueller, for his part, spent nearly two years looking into that claim before putting it to rest about halfway through Trump’s presidency — and $32 million later — in March of 2019. Pelosi would go on to lead Democrats in impeaching Trump over a phone call with Ukraine before doing so again last Wednesday, exactly a week before Biden’s inauguration.
The speaker is insisting that Trump is a “clear and present danger” who “must go,” according to Fox News.
Meanwhile, conservative critics have balked at the apparent hypocrisy of Pelosi, as well as Twitter, which seems to think that only one party should be allowed to raise questions about election fraud. Some questioned whether Pelosi was not, by her own standards, inciting violence.
“How does this stand @jack?” Fox contributor Lisa Boothe tweeted at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, according to the Washington Examiner. “Hypocrites, all of them.”
Twitter hasn’t responded to requests from media outlets.