House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaging in the same conduct her deputies on the Select Committee to investigate Jan. 6 have depicted as impeachable.
On Monday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., spent the final portion of the committee’s second hearing complaining that former President Donald Trump fundraised off stolen election claims.
“The big lie was also a big rip-off,” Lofgren said twice in the hearing, referring to Trump’s affiliated political action committees collecting donations to litigate 2020 election claims that were made in the press.
“The former president laid the groundwork for these false claims well in advance of the election,” Lofgren added, airing a video of Trump talking about his well-founded concerns of ballot fraud ahead of a contest that included underhanded, last-minute rule changes across key states.
“The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged,” Trump said in one video played at Monday’s hearing. “Remember that. It’s the only way we’re going to lose this election. This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen.”
Except just one week prior, a Pelosi-affiliated super PAC solicited donations with an email campaign raising doubts about the legitimacy of the fall midterms.
“I will NOT let McConnell, McCarthy, and their special interest donors steal the House from us and roll back our fundamental freedoms,” Pelosi wrote in a message to supporters for her leadership PAC, “Pac to the Future.”
Nearly identical emails amplifying Democrats’ hysteria over a GOP effort to “steal” the House majority were also sent by the PAC on at least five other occasions, including May 27, April 11, April 17, July 18, and Aug. 3.
Pelosi’s fundraising campaign is far from an isolated double standard presented by the Jan. 6 Committee. Democrats on the panel spent Monday’s hearing criminalizing objections to the certification of election results in the Electoral College. Some of the same members, however, objected to the 2017 certification of the 2016 results, alleging Russian interference. In fact, Democrats objected to more states in 2017 than Republicans did last year — and they fundraised off of it. Democrats also objected to electoral certification in 2005 and 2001.
The Jan. 6 Committee will reconvene for its third hearing on Thursday after postponing a hearing originally planned for Wednesday.