Just after Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas spoke against the impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday, media figures and a Twitter mob decided he should be expelled from Congress. He was “inciting violence,” the latest narrative fail went.
Gohmert had said that he wondered why uprisings hadn’t swept the country. The hate-Trump left pounced, knowing it had uncovered another seditionist partly to blame for the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Except that Gohmert was quoting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. From two years ago. When congressmen, Democrat and Republican did nothing.
It was yet another leftist media clown show, applauded by the usual Twitter hysterics.
What Gohmert, Um, Pelosi Said
As he should have, Gohmert observed the obvious for Democrats willfully blinded by rage.
“Here’s a quote,” Gohmert began clearly. “‘I just don’t even know why there aren’t more — why there aren’t uprisings all over the country and maybe there will be.’”
And Gohmert continued with another:
Or, “Sadly, the domestic enemies of our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in Congress.” We were called “enemies” of the state. Those were all quotes from our speaker.
Then Gohmert explained a third time that he was quoting someone else:
Now, on our side, we didn’t take those to be impeachable because we didn’t believe she surely meant that. But by the Democrats taking this action, you’re telling me, “No, when we say those, we actually mean to incite violence.” That’s what this action is saying.
Of course, Trump didn’t call for an uprising at his speech at the Ellipse, as the Democrats and 10 disloyal Republicans who impeached him falsely claimed.
But nuance and fine distinction are often lost on the habitués of the Twitter Rage Room.
“Holy s**t. Is Gohmer encouraging MORE “uprisings”??!?” exclaimed CNN’s Asha Rangappa. “Did I hear that right??????????”
Happily, given Rangappa’s ability to listen, she’s no longer a “special agent of the FBI,” as her Twitter bio says, but anyway, another worthy of the leftist media chimed in to answer.
“You did,” Elura Nanos of the Law & Crime website agreed. “His testimony should be used to immediately expel him.”
Happily, “Elura Nanos, Esq.” abandoned practicing law for leftist journalism, where facts never stop a new absurd narrative.
Two more who got it wrong and should have known better were Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and Blake Hounshell of Politico.
“Brought to my attention that Gohmert was referring to a Pelosi quote on ‘uprisings,’” the Post’s Blake wrote. “Deleted a screenshot of it.”
“Update on this,” Hounshell wrote. “Apparently Gohmert was quoting Pelosi, which I didn’t realize at the time of this tweet. Thanks to those who flagged.”
A Twitter mob followed, torches lit:
- “how is this an elected official?”
- “We need to hold these insurrectionists accountable”
- “I honestly think some of these Republicans are rising and encouraging the right wing to commence a civil war. This is EXTREMELY dangerous.”
- “Yep — inciting more Violence. These people need to be dragged out in shackles Deport them to NK if they want a strongman or a chubby one”
- “He needs to be removed immediately”
And so on.
What Pelosi Said
But again, Gohmert was quoting Pelosi, who advocated an “uprising” in 2018 because Trump had adjusted U.S. refugee policy.
Last August, the house speaker called Republicans “domestic enemies” for advocating election integrity. Four days later, as The New American reported, a leftist mob attacked Senator Rand Paul and others leaving the White House.
As well, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris backed violent rioting after George Floyd died of a drug overdose while police restrained him. “They’re not gonna stop, They’re not gonna stop,” Harris told leftist funnyman Stephen Colbert:
This is a movement. I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop. And everyone beware…. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day in November. And they’re gonna stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that…. They’re not gonna let up. And they should not.
In all this, the hate-Trump radical Left, not least its incarnation on Twitter, has been silent.