“Who would ever [have] suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States, waving a list of judges that he would appoint, therefore getting the support of the far right and appointing those anti-freedom justices to the court?”
—Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on CNN yesterday
Almost exactly four years ago, progressives, Democrats and the news media accused Donald Trump, then President, of racism because he referred to border-jumping MS-13 gang members as “animals.” At that time, Pelosi delivered this pious rebuke:
We believe some of us who are attracted to the political arena and to government and public service that we’re all God’s children. There’s a spark of divinity in every person on Earth and that we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person. … And so when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘these aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity? The dignity and worth of every person? ‘These are not people, these are animals,’ the president of the United States. … Calling people ‘animals’ is not a good thing.
Of course it was a cheap shot by Pelosi, but she specialized in cheap shots during the Trump years. If one is going to call anyone an animal, the brutal, lawless MS-13 gang members are a good choice. Now, however, Pelosi calls a President of the United States a “creature,” which is even lower than “animal,” evoking slimy insects, reptiles, and this guy…
I can find no evidence of any Speaker ever using such an extreme and disrespectful term to describe a former President or, for that matter, any opposing party leader. It makes a mockery of calls for civility. It puts a target on Trump’s back: killing a creature isn’t murder, after all. The statement also is in direct contradiction of what Pelosi said she believed in 2018, and she was literally talking then about murderers, kidnappers and rapists.
This is so predictable I probably don’t need to write it: the mainstream media that freaked out over Trump calling gang members “animals” doesn’t think that the Speaker of the House referring to the previous President as a “creature” is newsworthy. Dana Bash (above) didn’t even blink when Pelosi charged across all previously honored lines of political rhetoric about a President. The only major news outlet that covered Pelosi’s statement was…well, guess.
Imagine if a GOP Speaker, or any Republican leader, called Barack Obama a “creature.” The news media would make sure he or she had to go into Federal protection.
But Pelosi’s astonishing attack—yes, I didn’t think even she could stoop this low—is worse than just a slur on a former POTUS. It’s an insult to anyone who voted for him or who supports him: they all supported or support a “creature.” Hitler could be fairly called a creature. Pol Pot. Stalin. Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. Supporting any of these makes an individual a candidate for societal shunning, or worse.
That rhetoric is a deliberate attempt to bring political and social disagreements into the realm of fury, fear and violence. Nothing Donald Trump said about the 2020 election was as direct an endorsement of violence as Pelosi’s comments yesterday. If someone tries to shoot up the next Trump rally, it will be just moral luck—but it will also be moral luck if no one does. Pelosi’s rhetoric was irresponsible, reckless and dangerous.
Calling Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court “anti-freedom” is similarly unconscionable, as well as dishonest. Ruling, if it does, that abortion is an issue that needs to be settled by the democratic process is not, by any standards, “anti-freedom.” Nor has the freedom to kill an innocent ever been recognized as a constitutional right; when Roe was (wrongly) decided, the issue of a fetus’s humanity was barely considered.
Later in the same interview, Pelosi says, “Let’s not take our eye off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country.” So she also placed a target on the Court. What do good Americans do to those who are dangerous to their freedom?
Pelosi was not finished setting records for mendacity and irresponsible political discourse. She also said,
And I say this as a practicing, devout Catholic, five children in six years and one week, I don’t disrespect people’s views and how they want to live their lives. But I don’t think that it’s up to the Donald Trump appointees on the court or any politicians to make that decision for women.
Devout Catholic! You know, like Joe Biden. Here is what the Catholic Church says about abortion: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”
How can Pelosi claim to be a devout Catholic and yet advocate the pro-abortion deception that the only rights and lives involved are those of the women wanting to end their pregnancy?
She can because she is, herself, an ethics monster, a villain in a high place of power where she can do maximum damage to civility, politics, society and our democratic institutions.