House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated she believes President Trump and his Republican allies are trying to decrease voter turnout in the general election, characterizing them as “enemies of the state.”
The escalation in rhetoric, which the White House criticized, came during a Monday interview with MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin who asked Pelosi if she thinks the public need not be concerned about the integrity of the general election that is just over 70 days away.
“Thank you for the opportunity to say. One thing I’ll say to the American people: Do not pay any attention to Donald Trump. It is his goal to scare people from voting, to intimidate them by saying he’s going to have law enforcement people at the polls, to welcome, in fact, Russian intervention into our election,” Pelosi responded.
The California Democrat claimed the president, and his Republican allies in Congress, want a lower voter turnout in the November election, alluding to Trump’s remarks that he intends to employ law enforcement to monitor voting during the election. “We don’t agonize, we organize,” Pelosi said.
“We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” she continued, adding “diminishing the role of the Postal Service” makes them “enemies of the state.”
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, White House spokesman Judson Deere called Pelosi’s comments “offensive and nonsensical.”
“Her bizarre, baseless conspiracy theories are harmful to our democracy. President Trump is focused on ensuring a fair election as he continues to lead this Nation safely out of this global pandemic, bringing the country together with a message focused on American greatness and a safe and prosperous future for all,” Deere added.
The Washington Examiner also reached out to Pelosi’s office for further comment.
Last Thursday, the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Trump spoke about efforts he said were geared toward preventing in-person voter fraud, but critics believe they could be abused to intimidate potential voters.
“We’re going to have everything. We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, hopefully, U.S. attorneys. And we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals [sic],” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concerns about voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans, particularly Trump, are skeptical of mail-in voting, saying it could allow for voter fraud. Democrats have brushed off those concerns, often stating that voters should not risk contracting the coronavirus and should be given the ability to vote by mail.
Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a core member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, alleviated concerns of those worried about contracting the coronavirus should they go out and vote in person.
“If you go and wear a mask if you observe the physical distancing and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that,” he told National Geographic.
Author: Anthony Leonardi
Source: Washington Examiner: Pelosi: Trump and congressional Republicans are ‘enemies of the state’ by scaring people from voting