After giving House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) the greenlight to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi melted down in front of reporters at her own press conference.
Beyond her usual talking points of "saving Democracy," and "adhering to the Constitution," the Speaker used her Catholic faith to skirt a simple question from Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen. Rosen asked Speaker Pelosi very plainly if she hated the president whom she is in the process of impeaching in the House of Representatives. Rather than give a calm, respectful response, as an alleged ally of the free press would, Speaker Pelosi snapped at Rosen and invoked her Catholic faith as a shield, claiming to be offended.
JAMES ROSEN: Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) December 5, 2019
NANCY PELOSI: I don’t hate anybody. … And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word “hate" in a sentence that addresses me. … I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that. pic.twitter.com/KgDHTlNRvo
Speaker Pelosi’s attempt at claiming the moral high ground here is the peak of hypocrisy from a career politician. Our individual faith and beliefs are our own forces to reckon with, but Speaker Pelosi is far from a shining example of a strict follower of the church’s teachings, especially given her spineless rhetoric on abortion as the issue moves to the center of the ideological divide.
As her party moves further to the left each day, especially on the issue of abortion, Speaker Pelosi has simultaneously remained silent while still claiming to be a moderate and a faithful Catholic. The mainstream Democratic Party, fueled by young progressives and far-left interest groups, has embraced unlimited, late-term abortion with open arms. The Speaker refuses to condemn the abhorrent abortion laws implemented in New York and Virginia, which both go even further than third trimester abortions. She also turns a blind eye to the harmful rhetoric pushed by groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL, both of which provide substantial monetary donations to the Democratic Party, as they encourage American women to "shout their abortions."
These radical views on abortion would nearly force former President Bill Clinton to side with the GOP on the issue. The 42nd president famously championed the “safe, legal and rare,” abortion stance, but the aforementioned ideology is now viewed as a stigma against women by young liberals. Mainstream progressives, the group dominating the agenda of the Democratic Party for the sake of votes, have shifted the narrative surrounding abortion from a solemn, difficult choice to a normal, routine healthcare procedure. This rhetoric is not only setting a dangerous precedent, but is also out of touch with reality.
The two traditional sides of the movement can disagree on when life begins and what trimester to cap legal abortion at, but the opposing sides have historically agreed that this choice is a solemn one for women. The Democratic Party stepping away from that historical agreement should sound the alarm for American voters.
This shift also gives Speaker Pelosi, a respected and talented legislator, a unique opportunity to be a leader within her party. However, instead of dispelling the notion that the views of the Democratic Party do not align with the far-left’s radical views on abortion, Speaker Pelosi turns a blind eye and cashes the campaign checks from far-left interest groups.
This is the Speaker’s burden to bear, but to invoke her Catholic faith in front of the American people in order to avoid admitting her obvious hatred for President Trump is despicable. If Madam Speaker wants to hate the duly elected president of the United States, she can. If she wants to embrace the radical abortion views of the growing, progressive wing of her party, that, too, is her choice. However, to use her Catholic faith as an excuse to claim immunity from talking about either of these issues, which her once-reasonable party has taken extreme stances on, goes against the very teachings on which she claims moral high ground.