Pelosi says Virginia scandals won’t damage the Democratic Party

February 10, 2019

Democrats are the masters of the double standard, which has once again been demonstrated by their handling of the recent scandals in Virginia.

In a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked whether what is going on in Virginia is hurting the national Democratic brand. “No it doesn’t,” she adamantly responded.  

“Virginians will resolve their issues that they have there,” she continued. “It’s sad because they have some very talented leaders there, but they have to have the confidence of the electorate, and they have to have the confidence of the legislature that they have to work with.”

Huh? What about the Democrats’ pledge to fight racism? What about the #MeToo movement?

Virginia Scandals Rewind

The series of events got underway after the surfacing of a medical school yearbook photo in which Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) can allegedly be seen wearing either a KKK or a blackface costume. Northam initially admitted to being in the photo and apologized, before going on to claim that he was not in the photo — although he did admit to having at one time put black shoe polish on his face to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

As expected, considering today’s political climate, politicians of all persuasions, including new and old Democrats, condemned the photo and demanded Northam’s resignation. But, how the tone of the Democrats would change during the ensuing events!

Next up, Northam was joined by Attorney General Mark Herring (D). Despite the backlash that Northam was facing, Herring revealed that he, too, wore blackface when he was a college student at the University of Virginia. With two top Democrats now implicated, national Democratic leaders began to backpedal.

Then, Lieutenant Governor Justice Fairfax (D) was accused by a California professor of sexual assault, specifically of having forced her to perform oral sex during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

At this point, national Democrats for the most part have removed themselves from the situation in Virginia, refusing to answer questions about it and, in some instances, choosing to play dumb. And Pelosi, for her part, insists that the Democratic Party will not be harmed by the scandals.

Why the sudden silence?

Fighting racism, sexism and sexual violence are major political issues for the Democrats these days. But the Virginia situation leaves them in a tight spot.

So, what were the Democrats to do? Call for the resignation of three top Democratic officials in Virginia, as their previous moral stances would require of them, and hand the governorship to the GOP? Or ignore the scandals? Of course, they’re choosing the latter, effectively saying that they can afford to ignore racism and sexual assault when the violators are of their own.

It goes to show that Democrats don’t care nearly as much about “morals” as they do political power.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.