In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied to viewers by claiming she never called federal agents deployed to Portland “stormtroopers” in reference to Hitler’s Nazi enforcement squad. In the interview, host Ari Melber asked Pelosi to watch a clip from that day’s House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Rep. Doug Collins asked Attorney General William Barr to respond to Pelosi’s incendiary remarks.
“And the stormtrooper comments by the Speaker of House, and we know that that is a direct reference to the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party… don’t you think it encourages the violence that we’re seeing and encourages the participation against the police?” asked Collins at the hearing.
“I think that’s possible and I think it’s irresponsible to call these federal law enforcement officers stormtroopers,” replied Barr.
Back on MSNBC, Pelosi tried to massage her earlier remarks.
“Well, actually, I said they acted like stormtroopers,” she said. “I said they acted like stormtroopers. And they did and my colleagues have said that as well.”
First of all, that’s a distinction without a difference. You’re still invoking the specter of Nazi Germany to denigrate federal law enforcement officials – men and women with families who are doing their best to keep the peace in an environment where rioters literally want their blood. It is a reprehensible reference to make, and it is just one more sign of what little respect the Democratic Party has for the men and women of American law enforcement.
That said, let’s take a look at what Pelosi actually wrote 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.
“First Amendment speech should never be met with one-sided violence from federal agents acting as Trump’s secret police, especially when unidentified. This is disgraceful behavior we would expect from a banana republic — not the government of the United States.”
Gee, it certainly looks like Pelosi directly called these federal agents “stormtroopers,” does it not?
By the way, later in the interview Pelosi took a moment to call Attorney General William Barr “a blob” in an apparent insult to the man’s weight. So, you know, just remember that the next time these Democrats try to get on their high horse about the president’s insults.
Of course, we may learn later that Pelosi merely meant that Barr was acting like a blob.