October 5, 2022

Turley: Pelosi accuses GOP colleagues of providing ‘aid and comfort’ to rioters

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spent the last four years relentlessly attacking Donald Trump for being “divisive,” but there is none more divisive in Washington D.C. than the Speaker herself.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley — himself no Conservative — noted in an op-ed on Saturday that Pelosi is unhinged to the point that she’s attacking her GOP colleagues with serious allegations of giving “aid and comfort” to the Capitol rioters — despite no evidence proving her accusations. 

After Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) accused freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) of personally giving rioters a tour of Washington prior to the January 6 attack, Pelosi did not advocate for a sober examination of the facts.

Instead, Pelosi went nuclear, joining Cohen in the unsubstantiated accusations and charging Boebert of giving “aid and comfort to those with the idea that they were embracing a lie — a lie perpetrated by the president of the United States that the election did not have legitimacy.”

Turley commented on Pelosi’s lack of judgement as a leader:

Like many, I support a commission to look into how these rioters gained such rapid entry into the Capitol Hill.  However, Democratic members have claimed that Republican members were actual co-conspirators in the riot in supplying access to the building to plan out the attack. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) went public with an extraordinary allegation against some of her colleagues that they conducted secret surveillance in a conspiracy with rioters at the Capitol. Sherrill stated in a Facebook live address to her constituents that she witnessed the surveillance personally. She said unidentified members of Congress “had groups coming through the Capitol” in “a reconnaissance for the next day.”

Sherill has still not supplied any of the names of her colleagues to who worked as inside co-conspirators. As noted earlier, this is an unambiguous allegation of criminal conduct against colleagues.  Either members were conspiring in a crime or Sherill unfairly defamed her colleagues.

One would think that this rising level of acrimony would prompt a Speaker to calm her members and call for an investigation. Speaker Pelosi however proceeded to ramp up the rhetoric.

In the context of alleged criminal conspiracy by members, the use of this language clearly suggested members were more than just politically at fault for their positions. It suggested that they were traitors.

These attacks are coming as some members are calling for the possible expulsion of members for challenging the electoral votes, an act expressly allowed under federal law and repeatedly done by Democrats in prior elections.

Democrats forced Americans to accept a Joe Biden presidency on the premise that the chaos of the last four years would finally be over, but Pelosi’s increasingly unhinged approach to her GOP colleagues proves it was all a lie.

Turley concluded that Pelosi’s rhetoric is “an example of the rage-filled politics that continues to build in our country, including calls for blacklists and punitive measures against anyone deemed supportive of Trump.”


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