On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Tea Partiers and our allies “legislative arsonists.” Not be left out, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) soon called us “anarchists.” Before mid-week had passed, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) had joined in the fun, using the word “terrorists” to describe Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his allies.
Now the White House has adopted King’s language, calling law-abiding, patriotic Americans terrorists. From Hot Air:
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Pfeiffer why Republicans shouldn’t demand spending cuts in exchange for the CR and the debt-ceiling hike when more than six in ten Americans think that’s a reasonable approach. Pfeiffer replied that demanding spending cuts in this process is like, er, terrorism.
Specifically, Pfeiffer said the White House is “not negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.”
Tapper hit Pfeiffer hard for this claim, noting that President Obama had voted against increasing the debt ceiling as a Senator. Pfeiffer dismissed the claim, but it is an absolutely relevant comparison.
Comparing citizens engaging with the legitimate, legal tools of politics to people who kill and maim innocent civilians does not belong in civilized debate. The White House should relieve Pfeiffer of his position before the weekend is out, lest it be seen as actually endorsing this atrocious view of the President’s fellow Americans.