Late Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi astonished Washington by issuing a statement of “unequivocal condemnation” of Antifa for its violent actions.
She immediately upset the Democrat and mainstream media narrative that Antifa was simply standing up to racism and bigotry. Her comments also gave some credence to President Donald Trump’s claims that “alt-left” groups and both sides in Charlottesville were to blame for the sad events there.
While Pelosi has been rightfully mocked in recent months for her rambling and odd statements, her declaration against Antifa was right on point.
Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
The Pelosi statement provides a sharp contrast with the previous comments of such thumb-sucking Republicans as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Marco Rubio and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who either didn’t comment about the group, criticized the president or indicated Antifa was motivated by good intentions.
Of course, that trio was not going to cross the media narrative that only alt-right groups were responsible for any violence occurring at their rallies.
The Pelosi statement prompted Ryan to change course yesterday and follow Pelosi’s lead in issuing a statement condemning the anarchist group.
There’s nothing new about Ryan following Pelosi’s lead. She still appears to call a lot of the shots in Congress, even as Minority Leader.
Earlier, Pelosi was critical of President Trump’s response to Charlottesville, even raising the specter of a censure motion against him. No doubt some GOP turncoats and Never Trumpers would have been eager to get on board.
But Antifa’s recent actions made it more obvious that the President’s response to Charlottesville was more in keeping with what really happened there.
President Trump knew much earlier what Antifa was all about, and was generally mocked and left standing alone by turncoat Republicans and White House staff who failed to back him up. Ryan was among those who kneecapped the president. But, the president was dead clear about what was really at issue.
Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem?” he asked. “I think they do.”
To date, Charlottesville police haven’t released any information on the possible motive of the suspect who drove into the crowd, killing a young woman. It seems to be taking quite a while to resolve that issue.
The most egregious comment came from Romney, whose hatred of Donald Trump is no secret, even though Trump backed Romney in his presidential bid in 2012. His reaction to Charlottesville showed how he was suckered by the media coverage.
“One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi,” Romney tweeted. “The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”
Romney talking about “morally different universes” is rich, given his refusal to support his party’s nominee and, now, president.
As it stands now, Nancy Pelosi has shown more moral fortitude and clarity than the alleged GOP leaders who keep undercutting their own president.
I can’t believe I just wrote that. We truly must be in Bizarro World.