House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed “collateral damage” against Americans who do not share the views of the Democratic Party during an interview over the weekend with left-wing New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Pelosi made the remarks on Sunday in New York City at an event hosted by the 92nd Street Y where she spoke about the Democratic Party’s agenda.
“We have to have total clarity about what we do when it comes to everything — a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage … whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate …” Pelosi said. “I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.”
Pelosi’s inflammatory language comes as political tensions across the U.S. have turned violent in recent months with much of the violence coming from the political Left.
The most significant act of political violence to take place over the last 18 months happened on June 14, 2017, when a Democratic terrorist opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in Virginia.
The perpetrator, who was a Bernie Sanders supporter and an MSNBC fan, reportedly screamed “this is for healthcare” as he fired upon Republican lawmakers, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
The Democratic Party has increasingly used inflammatory and violent language to motivate their base, with recent examples coming from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Democrat Eric Holder, and two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Waters called for attacks against members of the Trump administration in June while at a rally, saying, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Booker encouraged left-wing activists to “get up in the face” of some members of Congress in July, which came just a couple of days after he said supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were “complicit in evil.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this month that when Republicans go low, Democrats “kick them.”
Clinton said in an interview with CNN this month that Democrats can’t be civil with members of the Republican Party because Republicans disagree with the agenda of the Democratic Party.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
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