The Speaker of the House found herself in hot water with Republican lawmakers on Monday after she concocted a brand new, ugly term for her colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Following a brutal congressional hearing in which the House Oversight Committee questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over a sloppy Democratic conspiracy theory, Pelosi lost her temper on live TV.
Katie reported on Pelosi's meltdown on MSNBC earlier:
Speaking during an interview with MSNBC Monday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on an unhinged rant about President Trump and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill.
"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 aren't honoring our constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States," Pelosi said, referring to President Trump and Republican lawmakers. "Enemies of the state."
While Pelosi's comment could have been mistaken for typical Nancy rhetoric that she is quite famous for, many fellow members of Congress didn't take too kindly to being called an enemy of their own country, simply for not believing her party's bonkers conspiracy about the post office.
House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) harkened back to 2017 when he and three others were shot during practice for an annual charity baseball game. The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a left-wing activist. Investigators described the shooting as "an act of terrorism...fueled by rage against Republican legislators."
?? Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans "domestic enemies.”— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 24, 2020
I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric.
Where’s the media outrage? pic.twitter.com/cJZQ3E4dnU
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recalled a moment during one of Hillary Clinton's campaign speeches in which she referred to Donald Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables." Many of Trump's supporters quickly grew to like the name and to this day proudly refer to themselves as "deplorables," particularly in the face of sharp criticism by Democrats.
In 2016, they called you “Deplorables.”— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 24, 2020
Now, Nancy Pelosi calls all Republicans “domestic enemies.”
Never forget —> They despise you. And the worst part is they don’t even try to hide it. pic.twitter.com/CP8yagYAHT
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) went a step further and called for Pelosi's resignation.
Wow.— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) August 24, 2020
The Speaker of the House of Representatives just called the President of the United States and Republicans in Congress "domestic enemies... enemies of the state."
Her words are beneath the office of Speaker and she should resign immediately. pic.twitter.com/W6PLBxXN6c
Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy said on Tuesday suggested that congress take a vote in the fall to see if even Democrats would support Pelosi remaining in her position as Speaker of the House.
The @HouseGOP should force a vote to vacate the chair when we return in September. Make every House Democrat vote on whether s/he stands with this “leadership” of the people’s House. #StandUpForAmerica https://t.co/H1qQu5SSQv— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) August 25, 2020
The official account for news and information from Senate Republicans headed up by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) also condemned Pelosi's comments.
Today Nancy Pelosi labeled Republicans "domestic enemies of the state."— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) August 24, 2020
Republicans want to WORK TOGETHER to finish the fight against coronavirus.
Republicans want to WORK TOGETHER to ensure a safe and secure election.
Democrats seem to have a different approach... pic.twitter.com/9m4qDbPmaj
Trump campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis excoriated the remarks by Pelosi, pointing out the Speaker's unhinged efforts to impeach the president to advance the cause of the Democratic Party.
This is crazy coming from someone who literally abused impeachment power for her own party’s political purposes. But Democrats consistently allege against Trump and Republicans all the things they themselves are doing. It’s Pelosi who is the domestic enemy of the Constitution. https://t.co/FWHORcb5m4— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 24, 2020
Nancy Pelosi's rhetoric has becone unhinged and dangerous.— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) August 25, 2020
Yesterday, she called Republican lawmakers and the President "domestic enemies" of the state!
Pretty gross and divisive comments from Pelosi.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 24, 2020
“When they go low, we go high.”
Right, except when labeling Republicans enemies of the state. https://t.co/15Sw8Ujn4V
I was w/ @SteveScalise and others when a deranged, GOP-hating gunman opened fire on us. This rhetoric hurts our country. We may disagree on policy, but I would never call Dem colleagues in Congress enemies of the state. Speaker Pelosi should apologize for her dangerous rhetoric. https://t.co/Ynn2GhorB4— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) August 24, 2020