Nancy Pelosi's daughter, Christine, strode into the California Capitol in Sacramento and made a startling assertion to the Assembly: "There are rapists in this building."
Christine Pelosi, chairwoman of the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, delivered the accusation during a hearing before the Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Prevent and Response.
"We have a whisper network. You all know it. Because what everybody here knows is that we have rapists in this building. We have molesters among us," she said. "There are perpetrators, enforcers and enablers in this building causing a clear and present danger to the public and to the people here," Christine Pelosi said, her voice rising.
"We know who they are, a lot of us know who they are and we find out through that whisper network; we find out because people do tell, they do talk, they just don't come forward," she said.
But Pelosi refused to name any of the alleged rapists, molesters, perpetrators or enablers when pushed for names on Twitter.
In a weird twist, Pelosi bashed the church as well. "I saw the Catholic church so unwilling to police itself that it let parishes go bankrupt rather than address the issue. The thinking at the time was, 'Well, this person's just sick, let's just move them.' We do that in the whisper network here in the Capitol, don't we? We just rescue someone and move them."
"Let's get them out of that office and put them over here. Let's get them out of that committee and stick them over there. That's not enough. It failed the church. It doesn't work," she said.
Pelosi is leading the "We Said Enough" campaign, in which anonymous accusers can share details of alleged abuse by California politicians.
Pelosi was criticized for making such a serious allegation without backing it up.
To that she said: