House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA) excoriated Nancy Pelosi on Monday after she said the Trump White House and its allies are “domestic enemies,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Enemies of the state,” the House speaker, a California Democrat, reiterated during a discussion with MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin on Monday, according to the Examiner.
Scalise blasted Pelosi for the remarks in a tweet later that day: “I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric.”
“Enemies of the state”
Pelosi’s comments came in reference to recent controversy over the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). According to a transcript from her office, the House speaker said in her interview with MSNBC that federal officials “take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
“And, sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” she went on.
“They’re doing everything they can: suppress the vote with your actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this,” Pelosi said. “It’s really, actually shameful. Enemies of the state.”
“Where’s the media outrage?”
The remarks prompted blowback from a number of members of Congress, including Scalise, who, according to the Examiner, also questioned in his tweet why mainstream media outlets had been so quiet about Pelosi’s “disgusting” comments, a point later highlighted by National Review‘s Tobias Hoonhout.
Hoonhout lamented Tuesday that most journalists have “so far ignored” the House speaker’s remarks, “despite providing wall-to-wall coverage of President Trump’s use of the term ‘the enemy of the American People’ to describe the press in 2017.”
🚨 Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans “domestic enemies.”
I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric.
Where’s the media outrage? pic.twitter.com/cJZQ3E4dnU
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 24, 2020
“They don’t even try to hide it”
Scalise and Hoonhout weren’t alone in taking exception to what the House speaker had to say, however. As the Washington Examiner reported, left-leaning constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called it a “particularly egregious” attack from Pelosi.
“This attack is particularly egregious from a sitting Speaker who represents the body as a whole,” Turley tweeted, according to the Examiner. “If we cannot agree on condemning even this language, we have lost any sense of decorum or decency in our public debate.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also took to Twitter to slam Pelosi’s comments. “In 2016, they called you ‘Deplorables.’ Now, Nancy Pelosi calls all Republicans ‘domestic enemies,'” he wrote. “Never forget — [t]hey despise you. And the worst part is they don’t even try to hide it.”