Democratic leadership appeared unsatisfied with the response President Donald Trump gave about the suspicious packages sent to key Democratic leaders, blaming Trump’s recent rhetoric in their statement[s]. But when a left-wing activist shot Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took issue with anybody pointing fingers at her party.
Trump addressed the issue prior to signing legislation at the White House, saying, “In these times, we have to unify. We have to come together.”
He also called the suspicious bomb-like packages mailed to Democratic leaders “abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans.”
Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, however, responded a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying, “President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”
They went on to say:
Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.
Pelosi, however, was on the defensive just over one year ago in June 2017 after James Hodgkinson, an Illinois resident and left-wing activist went on the rampage with a firearm at the Republican congressional baseball practice.
Hodgkinson died from his wounds after being shot by Capitol Hill Police, but not before he managed to shoot and injure Congressman Steve Scalise.
For anyone who wants to correlate Trump’s rhetoric with today’s attempted attack on Democrats — listen to how @NancyPelosi felt about correlating Democrats’ rhetoric to the shooting of @SteveScalise: pic.twitter.com/d55N8aQvGW
— Greg Tomlin ???? (@TomlinMedia) October 24, 2018
“I think the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous — beneath the dignity of the job that they hold — beneath the dignity of the respect that we would like Congress to command. How dare they say such a thing. How dare they,” she told reporters at a press conference following the shooting.
So this sick individual does something despicable, and it was horrible what he did. Hateful. But for them all of a sudden to be sanctimonious as if they’ve never seen such a thing before … and I don’t even want to go into the President of the United States, but in terms of the language he has used…
Pelosi went on to say further. “How could they possibly say such a thing? First of all, the timing of it all … Let us all step back and examine our own conscience and see what negative attitudes we could all curtail but the sanctimony of it all — really?”
She added, “Don’t you think it’s strange that instead of being prayerful about this that they would start saying — let’s have this conversation another day.”