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Pelosi Called Town Hall Protests "Un-American" In 2009, Now She's Praising Them

- February 28, 2017

This Week, Nancy Pelosi Praised The People That Turned Out At Recent Town Hall Events

In A News Conference Yesterday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said That People Who Turned Out For Town Halls "Honor The Vision Of Our Founders." REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): "The women, men, and children who poured into the streets for the Women's March, those who turned out at airports shortly thereafter, and town halls in the weeks since, they honor the vision of our founders." (Sen. Charles Schumer And Rep. Nancy Pelosi, News Conference, 2/27/17)

  • Pelosi Went On To Praise The "Public Resistance" That These People Turning Out To Town Halls Were Engaging In. "The American people are mobilizing. As long as Republicans continue down this destructive and radical path, the public resistance will only increase. As President Lincoln said, public sentiment is everything. With it you can do almost anything, without it, almost nothing." (Sen. Charles Schumer And Rep. Nancy Pelosi, News Conference, 2/27/17)
  • Pelosi Touted The Idea That "Public Sentiment Is Everything" And Again Praised People Coming To Protest At Town Halls. "Public sentiment is everything. Last week we had over 100 town halls, roundtables, all kinds of events across the country. People came out spontaneously, organically against this -- against what the Republicans are doing." (Sen. Charles Schumer And Rep. Nancy Pelosi, News Conference, 2/27/17)

However, In 2009 Rep. Nancy Pelosi And Rep. Steny Hoyer Said That Disruptions At Democrat Town Halls Were "Un-American"

In 2009, Democrats "Were Frequently Heckled By Constituents During Town Halls" Over ObamaCare, And Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi And House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer "Penned A Letter… That Termed Those Trying To Shout Down Lawmakers Or Fellow Citizens At Town Halls 'Un-American.'" "The incident was reminiscent of the town halls across the country that came to define Obama and the Democratic Party's problems with healthcare during a tough August recess. Democratic senators and House members, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) were frequently heckled by constituents during the town halls, and the rowdiest events became staples of cable news. Hoyer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in August penned a letter to USA Today that termed those trying to shout down lawmakers or fellow citizens at town halls 'un-American.'" (Molly K. Hooper, "'You Lie': Rep. Wilson Apologizes For Yell," The Hill , 9/10/09)

2009 USA Today Op-Ed By Nancy Pelosi And Steny Hoyer: "'Un-American' Attacks Can't Derail Health Care Debate." (Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, "'Un-American Attacks Can't Derail Health Care Debate," USA Today, 8/10/09)

  • Pelosi And Hoyer Said That "An Ugly Campaign Is Underway Not Merely To Misrepresent… But To Disrupt Public Meetings And Prevent Members Of Congress And Constituents From Conducting A Civil Dialogue." "In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent. However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue." (Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, "'Un-American Attacks Can't Derail Health Care Debate," USA Today, 8/10/09)
  • Pelosi And Hoyer Said That "Drowning Out Opposing Views Is Simply Un-American." "Let the facts be heard. These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views -- but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades." (Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, "'Un-American Attacks Can't Derail Health Care Debate," USA Today, 8/10/09)

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