Pelosi Says Voters Must Accept ‘Collateral Damage’ if They Disagree w/ Dems

‘With threats of kicking, bullying, driving conservatives out of restaurants what does “other consequences” mean?’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said voters need to accept the “collateral damage” that will come their way if Democrats retake the House and Senate this November—and even more if they fall short.

In an interview with The New York Times’s Paul Krugman, Pelosi said the heated rhetoric and violence is just part of politics.

Pelosi said Democrats need to continue pushing their economic agenda, even though the U.S. is currently enjoying a 3.7 percent unemployment rate—the lowest it’s been in nearly 50 years.

“We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose,” she said Sunday, according to the Washington Times.

Those who might not agree with Democratic policies need to deal with it, she said. When asked if Democrats should instead try to find common ground, Pelosi admitted there are certain policies Democrats should compromise on, like infrastructure.

Pelosi has encouraged division in the past, saying in June that voters should engage in uprisings to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be when people realize that this is a policy that they defend,” she said of Trump’s zero-tolerance enforcement. “It’s a horrible thing, and I don’t see any prospect for legislation here.”

Pelosi appeared to be referencing President Donald Trump’s controversial suspension of the “catch and release” policy established in 1997 based on a requirement that children not be held in custody longer than 20 days before being released to a parent. This allowed illegal parents being detained with the children also to be released.

Following criticism over the separation of families, Trump re-instated the catch-and-release policy a month prior to Pelosi’s comments, but he recently has hinted that separations may be a necessary deterrent as the number of immigrants at the border who are exploiting legal loopholes at considerable taxpayer cost continues to grow.

Pelosi’s latest remarks echo those of several other prominent Democrats, including Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently have encouraged violence and incivility from their base.

Others from both parties have soundly repudiated the rhetoric, while the optics of seeing Antifa mobs and others engaged in intimidation tactics also runs the risk of creating voter backlash.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized Pelosi on Twitter for her comments, saying they only served to encourage further polarization.