During an appearance Friday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Gabbard — a Democrat who decided not to seek reelection to the House when she ran for president in 2020 — said it was “incredibly dangerous” for Pelosi to speak like that when the country is “on edge” and divided.
“This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox,” she said.Pelosi told reporters she thinks Congress will need to provide money “for more security for members, when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about.”
The comments were a reaction to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and subsequent security measures to protect lawmakers.
Asked to clarify what she meant, Pelosi said, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
Pelosi’s comment appeared to be her latest attempt to play down the influence of the Democrats’ progressive wing. During a Sunday interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” Pelosi said that faction was “like five people.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday made a point to heap more praise on Democrats who flipped Republican seats in the 2018 midterms and downplayed representatives like herself and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who carried districts where a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it could win.