Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, liked the insurrection of January 6 fomented by Donald Trump until September 11, saying that one had been an assault on American democracy from within and the another from outside.
He also claimed that Republicans had been kidnapped by a cult that believed neither in science nor in government, making it difficult for the United States government.
His comments, made at a Chatham House seminar in London on Friday, possibly violate the semi-honest rule that domestic political disputes end on the shore of America’s waters.
Pelosi, a staunch supporter of the Good Friday deal from Northern Ireland, repeated her warning from two years ago that anything that jeopardizes the deal could mean that the United States Congress would not ratify a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
She spoke at Chatham House the day after meeting Boris Johnson in Downing Street.
He said the prime minister had given him reading material and would question him about the details when they met again in Washington next week.
Johnson is due to travel to the United States with Liz Truss, the new UK Foreign Secretary, before the UN General Assembly.
“This is not said as a threat,” Pelosi insisted. “It is a prediction. If the Good Friday deals are destroyed, it is highly unlikely that we will have a bilateral meeting between the UK and the US. [trade deal]. “
Most of his comments were related to the collapse of bipartisanship within the United States and the implications for its relations as an ally with other countries.
The January 6 demonstration, he said, was an insurrection incited by Trump, adding that “it was an assault on Congress, the constitution and our democracy. How we run it is really the measure of the strength of our democracy. “
He also challenged Republican senators for rejecting the Congressional commission in the attack on Capitol Hill, asking: “Why do you refuse to find the truth about what happened in January? Is it because they had any sympathy for the cause? “
He also compared the January 6 protest to September 11, saying that while the day 2001 had been an “assault from the outside,” the capital attack was an “assault from within.”
“Horrible in both cases. What had happened to our democracy on January 6 was horrible, “he said.
Although Trump did not create the problems on January 6, he continued, he “pushed” them with the help of social media, especially Facebook. Ironically, he thanked Facebook for hosting 2 million followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory on his site and said that social media was a blessing, but a double-edged sword.
The roots of American populism lie in fears among a demographic of globalization, automation and immigration, and it was expressed through Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy, he said.
She added: “I would tell my Republican friends, and I have some, to get their party back, the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party has made tremendous contributions to our country founded by Lincoln. Don’t let your party be hijacked by a cult; essentially, that is what is happening.
“This is not conservative. This is radical right, off the spectrum, anti-governance and if you are anti-governance it is very difficult to govern.
“If you deny climate change if you don’t believe in science and data and don’t respond to data, that’s a problem.”
He admitted that Democrats “have a big fight on our hands, whether it’s in the states or nationally.” He also admitted that part of the alienation was caused by inequality.
“In the United States, capitalism is our system, it is our economic system, but it has not served our economy as well as it should. So what we want to do is not get away from that, but improve it.
“You cannot have a system where the success of some outbreak of exploitation of workers and outbreak of exploitation of the environment and the rest, and we have to correct that.”