Remember when Ilhan Omar was criticized for her comments on 9/11?
In reference to the deadliest attacks on American soil, Omar said, "Some people did something."
Nancy Pelosi has just had her 9/11 Ilhan Omar moment.
In a shocking statement during a presser, Pelosi appeared to "defend" the radical mobs tearing down statues by saying, "People will do what they do."
Would we apply that logic to murder? "People will do what they do."
Would we apply that logic to theft? "People will do what they do."
Heck… would we even apply that logic to sexual assualt? "People will do what they do."
Of course not!
But this is the logic that the leadership of the Democratic party is pushing to her base.
It is dangerous. As a leader of one of the major two parties, Pelosi should have condemned the violence and the rioting in the streets.
Her passive statement, however, appeared to be an endorsement, according to political observers.
Watch her entire comment in context below:
Would Pelosi say the same thing about the Tea Party?
Of course, the Tea Party was filled with peaceful protests with no riots or incidents of tearing down statues.
But if roles were reversed, it is very likely that Pelosi would take an unforgiving stance against the destruction of government property.
The New York Post has more details on Pelosi's comments:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday refused to condemn protesters who toppled a statue of Christoper Columbus in her hometown of Baltimore before tossing it in a nearby harbor, blowing it off by saying, “People will do what they do.”
“I think that its up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see,” Pelosi (D. Calif) said when pressed on the July 4 incident where a mob of activists tore down the statue of Columbus, dragged it to the edge of Inner Harbor and threw it into the water, according to local media reports.
Explaining her position, the Democratic lawmaker, 80, said she wasn’t a sentimental person, and even went so far as to compare monuments to her grandmother’s earrings, which she hadn’t kept.
“I’m not one of those people who’s wedded to, ‘Oh, a statue to somebody someplace is an important thing’,” she told reporters at a press briefing on Capitol Hill.
“If the community doesn’t want the statue there, the statue shouldn’t be there,” she said, skipping over the rule of law. “I don’t care that much about the statues.”
When one reporter pushed back on Pelosi, suggesting it would be better for the City Council to remove the statue than a “mob in the middle of the night,” the congresswoman said: “People will do what they do.”
Pelosi’s nonchalant stance towards the toppling of statues around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who has warned he would pursue hefty criminal sentences for offenders.
While Pelosi's comments have been branded as ridiculous, it is creating a clearer distinction between President Trump and the Democratic party.
Every day, it becomes clearer and clearer that Trump is the president of law and order.
This will keep communities safe and peaceful, protecting ALL American citizens!
It is truly terrifying to see a major party leader refuse to condemn violence and widespread destruction.
These demonstrations are looking less like protests, and more like an attempt to overthrow local governments.
If this isn't stopped, then this could fester and spread.
The Hill confirms Pelosi's explosive comments:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said "people will do what they do" in response to a question about the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore.
"I don't even have my grandmother's earrings," said Pelosi, who was born in Baltimore, adding, "I think it's up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see."
The Columbus statue was taken off its podium and thrown into the Inner Harbor by protesters on Saturday. The statue had stood near Baltimore's "Little Italy" neighborhood and was put in place in 1984.
The protests on Saturday, like others around the country, were calling for a reduction in funding to police, among other issues. Calls to defund the police and to attack institutional racism have grown since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who pleaded for help as an officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.
Officials in Maryland have criticized the destruction of the Columbus statue.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Twitter wrote that while peaceful protests and a "constructive dialogue" on moving monuments was welcome, "lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property is completely unacceptable."
The statue of Columbus in Baltimore is just one of the monuments that have been torn down in the last few weeks. While most of those statues taken down, by force or by government action, have been of Confederate leaders, there have also been cases of figures from the Revolutionary War being targeted.
If Trump said anything similar about people that the media considers "deplorable," he would be criticized for yet.
Yet... it appears that Pelosi's comments have gone largely ignored by fellow Democrats and her allies in the media.