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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Suddenly Decides Riots and Looting Aren’t “Peaceful Demonstrations”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Suddenly Decides Riots and Looting Aren’t “Peaceful Demonstrations”

“Peaceful demonstrations” do “not include looting, starting fires, or rioting,” Pelosi said just a few weeks after shrugging when asked her thoughts on rioters tearing down statues.

For months, Democrats have contorted themselves into pretzels to keep from condemning the rioting and looting that became prevalent in Democrat-run cities like Portland and Seattle in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

The words “peaceful protesters” became their default characterization for *all* demonstrators, including the violent rioters who took over city streets, tore down statues, looted and burned buildings, and injured and in some cases murdered counter-protesters and law enforcement officers. Any time Republicans including President Trump condemned the “protesters” for their heinous actions and demanded law and order, the same Democrats would accuse them of “disrespecting and trampling” on their First Amendment rights.

But over the last few weeks Democrats seem to have changed their tune, at least on the surface. Their presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke out against protest violence a few weeks ago. A few Democratic members of the House and Senate have also gone on record in recent weeks condemning the violence.

The latest Democrat entrant into the “rioting and looting is bad” camp is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Thursday took to the floor of the U.S. House to counter an unnamed Republican who point-blank asked Democrats where they’d been on the BLM/Antifa violence happening in major American cities.

After Pelosi virtue signaled for a short time about how she supported freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest, she got around to the tepid condemnations:

“We support peaceful demonstrations, we participate in them, they are part of the essence of our democracy,” Pelosi said. “That does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting. They should be prosecuted. That is lawlessness. I’m very proud that Joe Biden has presented the clarity that, making a distinction that I don’t think our colleagues quite understand but the American people do and a poll released today said that the American people support congressional Democrats over President Trump in terms of dealing with the issue of crime in our country for all of their misrepresentations.”


This speech stands in stark contrast to remarks Pelosi made in July when asked to clarify whether she preferred statues to be taken down by mobs or if it should be decided legally by a committee or other formal process. Her answer at the time was simply, “People will do what they do.”

Anyone thinking Pelosi has had an epiphany on anarchistic protests hasn’t been paying attention to polling about riots because that’s almost certainly the primary reason for this newfound “concern.”

Though Speaker Pelosi did mention a favorable poll in her rant, she left out how polls don’t look good for Democrats when those surveyed are asked about riots. For example, a Rasmussen poll from Tuesday showed that voters who rated the violent protests in their cities as important to their vote favored Trump over Biden.

Pelosi’s condemnation of rioting and looting also comes just days after a YouTuber live-streamed himself pooping in her driveway, calling it a “peaceful protest.” There’s no word yet on whether or not this got in the way of the delivery of the premium ice cream treats she enjoys, but I suspect it, too, factored in to the comments she made on the House floor.

In any event, Pelosi’s flip flop on politically-motivated rioting would be more admirable if she’d done it after having a genuine change of heart, But that’s not what happened here. She’s doing it for self-serving reasons: Polling and the nasty inconvenience of having a “peaceful protester” defecate in front of her house.

There will be people who will be fooled by her supposed change of heart, but those of us in the cheap seats who have watched her shower “peaceful protesters” with high praise for months now as innocent people’s lives have been destroyed won’t be among them.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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No doubt she has seen polling.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Whitewall. | September 19, 2020 at 4:45 pm
      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | September 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Comments there that are just too good not to pass along.


      This is why you ram home the SC nomination NOW. It will demoralize the demorats so much when they realize THEY can’t win using the SC without corrupting the ENTIRE system through FORCE. They HAVE nothing to run on but anarchy, so they will double down on stupid and do Riots v2.0 that will backfire even more. When they FINALLY realize blacks, hispanics and suburban females have “walked away” from their chaos, they will not be able to even motivate their cheaters to throw the election. GAME OVER.

      “in other words”….Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Liberal Governors along with Liberal local officials conspired to create a lawlessness/riot situation. The thought was that idiot Trump would rush in and slaughter Blacks, women and college kids; putting his “White Nationalist extremism” on display for the entire world.

      The nation would be “shocked and outraged”; Biden wins all 55 states, Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg dies, Hillary is on the Supreme Court.

      Trump promised to move in, to restore order if they won’t, promised some more, readied the troops…but didn’t pull the trigger!..LOL!

      Sept 19, 2020…Liberal cities in ashes, Trump doing just fine with “the people” and his reelection, Buzzy is dead, Trump will pick the new Supreme…LOL!

      I detest Bill Clinton…but as a fellow man, I just gotta feel sorry for him living with Hillary these days…gotta to be pure Hale!..yep, karma is a beach!”

        Suburban females haven’t deserted Biden; they’ll vote for him as a form of virtue-signaling, which is their favorite activity.

          CommoChief in reply to zennyfan. | September 19, 2020 at 6:41 pm

          Some will. Not all, maybe not even most.

          Riots/violence/anarchy in the downtown area of a city is one thing.

          The same in smaller towns like Kenosha or the anarchists deliberately moving their activities to suburban areas was quite another.

          Coupled with LEO being targeted for ambush and assassination, the constant drumbeat to defund or reimagine the police and that vision playing out as ‘its privilege to call LEO’ has blunted the enthusiasm of suburban moms to place themselves and their children on the alter of BLM as a willing sacrifice.

          Suburban moms are also seeing the disaster that is remote learning pushed by the teachers’ unions down the throats of young children who have insignificant risk from Covid. (NY City public schools still are not open and will not be for a while.)

          JusticeDelivered in reply to zennyfan. | September 20, 2020 at 11:46 am

          Maybe we should build a sacrificial altar, use it for BLM, to appease global warming gods. Have a stainless plate, with a million BTO of burners underneath. Their roar would drown out those who suggested frying like bacon.

          An open cremation, fitting end for them.

          I am offering this suggestion because they have been behind 91% of the riots and property loss.

      BLM needs to be classified as a terrorist organization, and then be prosecuted based on Federal law, where the death penalty is on the table.

      Lots of people would enjoy seeing them fried like bacon.

Too late, and the riots are going to kick up as McConnell rams through the confirmation of Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.

Democrats don’t do anything without some Kind of focus group consensus.
But as Eddie says it’s probably for naught come Monday or Tuesday when President Trump makes a nomination.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 19, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Pelosi – always 80 years late and Trillion$ short……….

Pelosi’s condemnation of rioting and looting also comes just days after a YouTuber live-streamed himself pooping in her driveway, calling it a “peaceful protest.”

She’s had all she can stand. She’s letting everyone know she isn’t gonna take any sh!t off of some right wing nutjob!

The riots will once again become peaceful speech as Madam Pelosi deploys her troops in a failed attempt to stop a new SCOTUS nominee.

Did she just get her pills back from Joe 30330?

I love her Jim Kirk era Starship Enterprise uniform

Now we are moving into the rbg riots. These people are completely broken. Fill the seat ASAP.

Nancy will do/say anything if you offer her ice cream.

There is less to this than meets the eye. Pelosi’s statement is intentionally vague and deliberately avoids calling out her own side (the ones actually doing the burning, looting, murdering and raping). It also dovetails nicely with the Communists’ wacky claim that “white supremacists” are really behind all of the riots.

By October the Joseph Goebbels media will be claiming that the Trump administration has been funding and encouraging the Communist brownshirts all along.

It’s so contemptible, how the Dhimmi-crat leaderships’ moral compass is transparently dictated exclusively by political polls and which way the electoral winds are blowing.

The Dhimmi-crats are greasy, despicable, self-serving narcissist-totalitarians.