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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to former President Donald Trump’s legions of supports as members of a “cult” while suggesting they were detrimental to the stability of the country moving forward.
Pelosi, a California Democrat and a lightning rod of controversy for her party, made her remarks ahead of a G7 Speaker’s meeting in Chorley, England.
“Why you say that about what I say about the Republicans is I say to my Republican friends — and I do have some — take back your party, you’re the grand old party of America,” she said.
“You’ve done wonderful things for our country. You’ve now been hijacked by a cult, that is — it is just not good for our country. Take back your party. Do not let it be dominated by those who want to suppress the vote, because they have no positive message to win,” Pelosi continued, before accusing Republicans of trying to “suppress” voting rights.
“They want to suppress the vote and that’s how they would win. Those who disrespect the rights and the beautiful diversity of America and it is even becoming more so,” she claimed.
“They completely disregard the fact that in the country, overwhelmingly in the country, people support gun violence, 80 percent something, and so forth background checks for guns, Democrats, Republicans, independents, gun owners, hunters, but not the members of Congress. Same thing with climate. Same thing with — woman’s right to choose it’s not as high as that, but it’s high,” Pelosi charged.
“So take back your party so it’s more a reflection of Republicans in the country than allegiance to the former president. And one of the ways we can help improve that situation is by passing H.R. 1 which would have to redistrict in a way that is again agnostic just along the lines of the Voting Rights Act,” Pelosi said.
“It may not benefit Democrats but it may benefit the country because it would make Republican districts more open to people other than the ones that are in Congress now,” she said.
In a statement posted to her website, Pelosi also addressed the nature of the Speaker’s meeting.
“It is a privilege to join my G7 colleagues in the United Kingdom to discuss a top priority for legislatures and governments across the world: how to balance security and openness, particularly in light of challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, cyberthreats and terrorism,” she said.
“Public access to the workings of government is a cornerstone of democracy, and it is therefore imperative that parliaments and legislatures remain as open and transparent to the public as possible. We need to hear from – and be accountable to – those we are privileged to represent, as we work to deliver results in their lives.”
“As representatives of the G7 nations, we all have a responsibility to work together to strengthen our democracies and advance the democratic values of accountability, openness and public engagement,” she added.
To the latter point about working together, Pelosi — who runs the House and is third in line to the presidency — took no responsibility for her Democratic Party’s role in the hyperpartisan nature of Washington politics. She also did not address her iron-fisted rule over the chamber and unwillingness to consider any legislative priorities or amendments offered by the GOP.
“Democrats live under a different rule than the Republicans. Mrs. Pelosi is an iron first,” Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton in February 2019 regarding support for then-President Donald Trump’s border wall construction.
“There are 60 or 70 Democrats that have stated publicly — and I’ve talked to some of the others that haven’t — that are in favor of it but are afraid of the leadership and that’s unfortunate,” he said.
In July, Republicans blasted the Speaker for re-imposing a mask mandate though the Senate, which is run by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was not requiring them to be worn.
“What’s interesting, we stand out here in front of the Capitol by the chambers of the House,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty, R-Calif., said. “But, as you look across on the other steps, is the Senate. I’m not quite sure where the CDC got it, but somewhere in the middle about that dome (in between), the science changes.”