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Rep. Scalise: 'Nancy Pelosi's Socialist Agenda' Has Made Democrat Party Unrecognizable

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 12, 2019 | 2:39 PM EDT

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (Screenshot)

The Democrat Party has become unrecognizable to those who remember it as a party supporting free speech, the Second Amendment and the right to life, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Rep. Scalise criticized House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) “socialist agenda” as “out of step” with the American public – and accused Democrats who “flipped seats” in the House of dishonestly campaigning as pro-life, pro-gun candidates:

"You saw so many of those Democrats who won elections, who flipped seats from Republican to Democrat, saying they would be pro-life and saying they would be pro-gun. Now they’ve voted to take away your gun rights. They’ve voted to stand up for murdering babies who were born alive.

"This isn’t the old Democrat Party that people recognize. This isn’t even the Democrat Party that Nancy Pelosi was Speaker over just a few years ago. It’s much further to the left. It’s very much a socialist party now and they’re defending those policies."

 

In addition to pushing a bill to limit free speech, "Democrats now have been supporting this idea that if a baby is born alive [after an abortion], they can murder it,” Rep. Scalise said, noting their opposition to the Born Alive Act:

"Nancy Pelosi’s socialist agenda has been, not only to reverse the tax cuts, but literally going after free speech rights. Last week, the ACLU actually came out against Pelosi’s signature bill, H.R. 1, because it violates free speech rights.

"You saw them go after the Second Amendment just a few weeks ago and threaten people’s gun rights, their second amendment rights. You’ve seen them go after groups like National Right to Life, who also opposed H.R. 1 because it limits their rights.

"In fact, Democrats now have been supporting this idea that if a baby is born alive [after an abortion], they can murder it. We have been trying to move forward legislation and we are going to bring a discharge petition on Ann Wagner’s bill the Born Alive Act to make sure if a baby is born alive it can’t be murdered.

"The Democrats have been blocking that every step of the way. If that’s really the party that they want to become, I think they’re so out of step with the American people and they continue to get further out of step.”

"You saw so many of those Democrats who won elections, who flipped seats from Republican to Democrat, saying they would be pro-life and saying they would be pro-gun. Now they’ve voted to take away your gun rights. They’ve voted to stand up for murdering babies who were born alive.

"This isn’t the old Democrat Party that people recognize. This isn’t even the Democrat Party that Nancy Pelosi was Speaker over just a few years ago. It’s much further to the left. It’s very much a socialist party now and they’re defending those policies."

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