Nancy Pelosi says she will ‘never forgive’ Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol attack for the trauma he inflicted on Hill staff
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would ‘never forgive’ former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol attack
- She said she would never forgive Trump ‘and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol’ for the trauma inflicted on Capitol Hill staff
- Pelosi was asked how she planned to deal with the growing tensions between members of the two parties on Capitol Hill
- On Wednesday, 400 staffers signed onto a letter demanding House leaders respond to Islamophobic comments made by GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert
- The letter said that Boebert’s comments, made at the expense of Rep. Ilhan Omar, have created a ‘feeling of anxiety and fear for many Muslim staff’
- Pelosi addressed January 6, which she suggested was the root cause of the rift between Democrats and Republicans
- ‘It’s something that you cannot, you cannot just say, well we’ll do legislation to make sure this-or-that doesn’t happen again, you cannot erase that,’ she said
- Pelosi added that it would help if Republicans ‘didn’t start threatening the lives of members of Congress’
‘I’ll never forgive the president, the former president of the United States and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma that he – that was exerted on our staff,’ Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.
Pelosi was asked how she planned to deal with the tensions between the two parties, on he heels of 400 staffers signing onto a letter referencing Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic comments about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, which aides said created a ‘feeling of anxiety and fear for many Muslim staff.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would ‘never forgive’ former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol attack for the trauma inflicted on Capitol Hill staff.
Instead of immediately addressing the more recent controversy, Pelosi pointed to January 6, which many on Capitol Hill blame for the growing rift and hostility between Democrats and Republicans.
‘There are young, largely younger people who come with the idealism to work in the Capitol on either side of the aisle,’ Pelosi said of Hill aides. ‘And for us who sign up for this when we run for office, it’s bad enough for our families to see the danger we’re in.’
Pelosi said she first noticed the damage done to Congressional aides when lawmakers returned to the Capitol complex after the MAGA mob’s attack to finish the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.
‘When I saw what it meant to the staff, the way it traumatized them, it was frightening,’ Pelosi said.
‘It’s something that you cannot, you cannot just say, well we’ll do legislation to make sure this-or-that doesn’t happen again, you cannot erase that,’ she added.
Pelosi said she was in communication with staff and members of the Capitol Police, who were lawmakers’ first line of defense during the January 6 attack.
Pelosi said she would never forgive Trump (pictured) ‘and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol’ for the trauma inflicted on Capitol Hill staff
Supporters of Trump storm the Capitol on January 6, the day Congress was certifying the election of President Joe Biden
‘As far as civility is concerned, it would be a good place to start if they didn’t start threatening the lives of members of Congress from one of their members to the next and saying nothing about it,’ Pelosi said of Republicans.
Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar were both stripped of their committee assignments by the Democratic majority over threats made to Democrats on social media.
Greene had liked posts that called for executing prominent Democrats, while Gosar shared an anime video that showed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Boebert, a Colorado Republican, made Islamophobic jokes at public appearances about Omar, one of only three Muslims serving in Congress.
She sent out an apologetic tweet about her comments, but later on the phone with Omar took back her apology, telling supporters on an Instagram video she was ‘never sympathizing with terrorists.’
The video led to Omar receiving death threats, including one she played at a press conference last week.
The Democratic House majority hasn’t taken any action against Boebert.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said she wouldn’t be condemned by him because she apologized to Omar, neglecting to mention that Boebert later played take-backsies.
Asked if Democrats would move against the Colorado congresswoman at the press conference Wednesday Pelosi replied, ‘When I’m ready to announce that, I’ll let you know.’
‘It’s their responsibility to deal with their people,’ she said of Republicans.
‘How we deal with the fear that they have instilled in the Islam – with their Islamophobia and the rest is something that hopefully we can do in a bipartisan way,’ she added. ‘But the responsibility is on them.’