Nancy Pelosi was backed into a corner and had only one move she could make.
It was a high-risk, high-reward play that would determine the future of the Democrat Party.
So Pelosi ended up taking the biggest gamble of her life that just backfired in a major way.
Nancy Pelosi placed the Democrats fortune in 2020 all on one bet.
Pelosi raced to the defense of controversial Congresswoman Ilhan Omar despite the ample evidence that she is an anti-Semite and does not take seriously the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Speaker wagered that shunting Omar off to the sidelines would alienate more base Democrat voters than it would win over voters in the middle.
Pelosi amplified this strategy in a CNN interview where she threw down the gauntlet and forcefully defended Omar from charges of bigotry.
“I don’t think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” Pelosi declared.
Even though other members such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have also found themselves embroiled in controversies surrounding their contacts with vocal anti-Semites, Pelosi resorted to gaslighting the American people about the anti-Semitic fever infecting the Democrat Party.
“We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said. “Just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean that we take that bait.”
Pelosi only doubled-down further on her defense of Omar during a stop in Ireland to make sure rank-and-file Democrats knew she was firmly on Omar’s side.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak with her. I’m traveling, she’s traveling,” Pelosi told reporters.“Until I talk to somebody, I don’t even know what was said. But I do know what the president did was not right.”
These comments came days after she ordered the Capitol Police to review security arrangements for Omar after President Trump had tweeted a “never forget” video intersplicing footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with clips of Omar saying that the destruction of the World Trade Center was carried out by “some people who did something.”
“@realDonaldTrump’s dangerous video must be taken down. I have spoken with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Rep. @Ilhan Omar, her family & her staff. They will continue to monitor & address the threats she faces,” Pelosi had tweeted.
Of course no one should feel threatened, but Pelosi’s move felt like she was messaging to her base more than anything else.
Even still, Pelosi’s bet may have backfired.
Donald Trump wants to elevate Ilhan Omar as the face of the Democrat Party for his 2020 re-election campaign.
And there is evidence this strategy could pay political dividends.
Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath, as well as North Carolina Ninth Congressional District candidate Dan McCready, both rejected campaign contributions from Omar.
The Georgia Sixth district and North Carolina Ninth district are swing seats that had been held by Republicans up until 2016.
Democrats running in “purple” seats are terrified of Republicans pummeling them to defeat with campaign commercials and attack mailers linking them to the anti-Semitic Omar.
Pelosi’s defense of Omar may be smart base politics, but it will only alienate the voters Democrats need to win.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.