Pelosi Points Finger at Fox News, GOP for Rise in Political Vitriol

Annabel Scott | June 15, 2017 | 6:19pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) referenced Fox News, Republican “language” and past comments from the president when discussing the rise in political vitriol that may have led to Tuesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Va.,  at her press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill.

When asked about bridging the political divide between the two parties following the attack, Pelosi suggested that a man that was previously arrested for threatening her did so because he watched Fox News.

“One of the people who went to jail for threats to me, when he was being tried his mother said he just watches too much FOX TV,” said Pelosi. “The horrible stuff that I hear that is crude and disgusting really comes from the outside. They may be inflamed. I don’t know. His mom said it was Fox News.”

Pelosi also attacked Republicans in Congress for looking to the left’s anti-Republican sentiment that may have motivated the assailant in Tuesday’s shooting.

“I think that the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath of the dignity of the job they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect we would like Congress to command. How dare they say such a thing?” said Pelosi. “Things they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren really predicate on their comments and their paid ads.”

Pelosi then blamed Republicans for threatening and hateful emails that she had received when she was hacked while on a flight from Florida to California.

“When I got back to California, I had scores of horrible, disgusting, yucky messages - a lot of them toward me, a lot of them toward Hillary Clinton, a lot of them toward Barack Obama, and using language that is from some of the messages that they had put out,” she said. 

Pelosi also pointed her finger at a few of President Donald Trump’s controversial comments.

“I don't even want to go into the president of the United States, but in terms of some of the language that he has used,” said Pelosi. “If the president says he can shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and nobody would care, when you have somebody say beat them up and says I’ll pay their legal fees, when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton.”

Pelosi also said she does not believe this type of political discourse is equally affecting the left and right.

“It didn't used to be this way,” she said. “Somewhere in the 1990's, Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons, and that is what started, and it has continued.

“Let’s examine our conscience,” Pelosi concluded. “Let’s see how we can rid ourselves of our negative attitudes that go to a place that is like this.”

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