House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been called out by Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli for making “slanderous” comments about federal agents attempting to protect federal buildings.
Cuccinelli said on Friday that Pelosi and other Democrats that referred to federal law enforcement agents as “stormtroopers” and “Nazis” could be subject to libel claims from agents targeted for simply doing their jobs.
President Trump has authorized the deployment of federal agents to several large cities that are experiencing riots. The agents have been strategically placed to lawfully protect federal buildings from criminals destroying cities such as Portland and Chicago.
Trump’s decision to crack down on attacks on federal buildings naturally caused Democrat leaders to explode in anger. Pelosi tweeted on July 17:
Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic. @DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.
Cucinelli did not take kindly to the libelous claims about his agents, and fired back in a Fox News appearance that “When you see such libelous, slanderous comments from people who know better — Let’s not kid ourselves, the speaker of the House knows that she is using Nazi allusions to refer to correct, professional law enforcement officers.”
“If I was a CBP agent or ICE agent, or FBI agent — and if I was an FPS agent — I might sue for libel,” Cucinelli continued.
Pelosi isn’t the only one that has characterized federal agents as Nazis. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) referred to federal agent activity as “the activity of a police state, and this president and this attorney general seem to be doing everything they possibly can to impose Gestapo activities in local communities, and that is what I have been warning about for a long time.”