During a town hall hearing in January, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) was visibly shaken when a mother related how her son was “tortured,” “tied up like an animal,” and set on fire by an illegal immigrant in 2010. The grieving mother looked Pelosi square in the eye and asked her how she would choose which of her own grandchildren was “expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law?”
Despite this experience, in a press release opposing the funding of a border wall, Pelosi had the nerve to complain that President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a massive wall on America’s southern border is “immoral.”
The California Democrat conveniently ignored the moral obligation of the president to enforce immigration laws, as well as Trump’s mandate to protect the American people from security threats, and chose instead to go after the president for the expenses associated with constructing the wall.
If you build it, they WON’T come
Pelosi’s statements came after Trump made a commitment in front of faithful constituents at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. The president told supporters that he would force a government shutdown if the Democrats failed to approve the funds needed to begin construction of the wall.
Pelosi chose to release a prepared statement to counter Trump’s proposal.
The press release begins:
Last night, President Trump yet again threatened to cause chaos in the lives of millions of Americans if he doesn’t get his way. Make no mistake: the President said he will purposefully hurt American communities to force American taxpayers to fund an immoral, ineffective and expensive border wall.
Trump, a skilled negotiator who frequently used ultimatums to build a real estate empire, put the Democratic Party on notice: uphold the established laws in this country by paying for the creation of a wall that will help guarantee public safety, or risk alienating millions of voters, many of whom elected Trump for this very purpose.
By threatening a government shutdown, the president is applying pressure to his opponents and putting the onus on Democrats to either pay for security or face reprisals from the electorate. According to Trump, the time for negotiating is over:
Know when to walk away from the table.” The Art of the Deal
Pelosi is outraged, though, that a political leader would take a stand on a principle like personal security or the rule of law. Her statement continues:
The last time Republicans shut down the government, their callous recklessness cost the American economy $24 billion and 120,000 jobs. With a Republican House, Senate and Administration, Republicans have absolutely no excuses for threatening America’s families with a destructive and pointless government shutdown.
However, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted, Democrats alone would bear the blame for any government shutdown that results from a refusal to fund the wall. Sessions claimed:
If the Democrats filibuster that and block it, they’re the ones shutting the whole government down just to keep the wall from being built.
Of course, the mainstream media will argue otherwise and claim that Trump’s insistence on investing in security is to blame for any government shutdown. Sessions anticipated that as well, noting: “The way the system works is whenever the government is shut down, people blame the Republicans.”
Of course, Pelosi is counting on this, and her press release is simply a sign that she is positioning herself to save face after her party refuses to pay for the wall. The House Minority Leader concludes:
President Trump’s multi-billion dollar border wall boondoggle is strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans. Democrats will stand fast against the immoral, ineffective border wall and the rest of Republicans’ unacceptable poison pill riders.
Standing against government spending is an interesting position for Pelosi. Pelosi actually applauded Barack Obama for keeping the national debt under control while budgets she helped pass during his administration brought the debt figure from $10 trillion in 2009 to nearly $20 trillion in 2017.
This out-of-control spending is immoral. Sanctuary cities are immoral. What happened to that grieving mother whose son was tortured and burned alive is immoral.
Building a wall to protect U.S. citizens and uphold the rule of law is not immoral.
Yet, Pelosi feels justified in casting stones in the president’s direction, while she resides in a fragile fortress of glass.