Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called Republican politicians "domestic enemies" and "enemies of the state" during a Monday afternoon interview with MSNBC.
"We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic," Pelosi said. "And sadly the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States."
"But again, let's just get out there, mobilize, organize, and not let the president deter anybody from voting and again, support the postal system, which is election central. They're doing everything they can, suppress the vote, with your actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this. It's really actually shameful," Pelosi concluded. "Enemies of the state."
Pelosi's comments brought backlash on social media. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) brought up Hillary Clinton's 2016 comment that labeled President Trump supporters as "deplorables," before mentioning Pelosi's most recent remark.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) also highlighted Pelosi's remarks on Twitter, and recalled the 2017 incident in which he was shot by a man who disliked Trump.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) called for Pelosi to resign.
? Pelosi's comments about Republican lawmakers and the president come as rioters continue to destroy property and injure people, including police officers, in major American cities. Democrats did not condemn the riots in their national convention last week.