There is no shortage of ridiculous rhetoric flying around Washington DC at the moment, and from some of the nation’s most prominent politicians to boot.
We are nearing an election, and that has always meant an uptick in American anger. These are dirty, filthy affairs for us, where we often find our elected officials, (both current of hopeful), tearing one another down in order to make their climb to the top a shorter one.
But there are some statements and phrases that, even in this bulwark of bombast, are reserved for moments when you need to go nuclear.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just pulled one of them.
Pelosi, appearing Monday with Ayman Mohyeldin of MSNBC, said that Republicans were “enemies of the state” during a discussion over election security amid a Congressional debate over additional funding for the Postal Service. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the November election could be “rigged” and crippled by “fraud” ahead of an expected surge in mailed ballots.
“We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” she stated.
The GOP was quick to respond.
Republicans immediately denounced the remarks. “I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise warned. Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) said the comments were “gross and divisive,” while Senator Kelly Loeffler called them “absolutely appalling.”
Somebody ought to tell Pelosi that there are still a couple months to go before the election, and she’s going to run out of prepared insults if she keeps slinging them with such frequency.