House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke at a press conference this Wednesday about the lingering impacts of the assault on the Capitol that was perpetrated in January by supporters of then-President Trump. Specifically, she addressed the work atmosphere on Capitol Hill in conjunction to a letter released this week by Congressional staffers, who expressed concern about and demanded action over bigoted comments made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is Muslim. (Boebert has repeatedly grouped Omar with terrorists.) On Wednesday, Pelosi rhetorically clobbered Trump, saying that she’ll “never forgive” him and his allies for the chaos of January 6, which was a stark flashpoint of what’s now a trend towards violence in the GOP.
Although Trump led the way in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol, he was most definitely not alone. In Congress itself, numerous members helped push Trump’s false, incendiary claims that the presidential election had somehow been rigged for Joe Biden. Huge numbers of the then-president’s fans took this message to heart and rampaged through the Capitol premises, putting people’s lives in serious danger. This isn’t a game.
As Pelosi put it on Wednesday:
‘I’ll never forgive [Trump] and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma that was exerted on our staff. These are young, largely younger people who come with the idealism to work in the Capitol on either side of the aisle and whatever it is. 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. But for these young people, when I came back to the Capitol to say we’re going to open up government — in the Capitol that night, we were going to honor our Constitutional responsibilities, even though they had an assault… When I saw what it meant to the staff, the way it traumatized them, it was frightening.’
Pelosi observed that the issue is something where “you cannot just say, well we’ll do legislation to make sure this or that doesn’t happen again. You cannot erase that.” Watch Pelosi’s comments below:
The House’s riot investigation committee, meanwhile, is continuing its work to uncover relevant details of the circumstances surrounding the violence of January 6. That committee is preparing to put on multiple weeks of public hearings next year, and they’ve already heard from over 250 witnesses.
Speaker Pelosi: "I'll never forgive [Trump] and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma that was exerted on our staff."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 8, 2021