Coming off a disappointing Election Day in which her party has lost at least five seats so far in the House, 80-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is refusing to denounce socialism as the left-wing ideology continues to split the Democratic Party.
This while she works to bully, cajole and round up enough support for another term as speaker.
Socialism amounts to government theft of anyone’s private property, to be distributed in ways that benefit government and increase its power.
Fox News had asked Pelosi to comment several times – including multiple phone calls to her office – with inquiries about whether she would vocally oppose the ideology and whether she would allow any self-declared socialists elected in the Democratic caucus to have leadership positions in the House.
During a press conference on Nov. 6, Pelosi acknowledged a “difference of opinion” among members of her caucus. An existing rift between moderates and progressives appears to have grown much wider in the wake of the 2020 election.
During a 60 Minutes interview back in 2019, Pelosi insisted that socialism was “not the view” of her party.
However, self-described Democratic Socialists have become some of the most vocal and high-profile members of the Democratic Party. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who earned the second-most delegates in both the 2016 and 2020 Democratic primaries, thanked socialist groups “for their extraordinary efforts in helping to make Biden’s victory possible,” going along with the media narrative that Biden has indeed won, despite indications of massive, obvious election fraud in many states.
The subject of socialism is apparently becoming a more and more painful issue among Democrats behind closed doors. A leaked recording from a Democratic caucus call revealed Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., suggesting that socialism, in addition to “defund the police” rhetoric, were the reason for several congressional defeats on Nov. 3.