EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - We have all seen Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore be tried in the court of public opinion over the last month.
There is no issue with that, as long as the same standards apply to Democrat candidates and elected officials.
That has not been the case with Congressman John Conyers.
Congressman Conyers faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment and has admitted to making improper settlement payments to staff.
Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the following on NBC's Meet the Press about John Conyers:
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused -- and is it one accusation, is it two? I think there has to be -- John Conyers is an icon in our country. He's done a great deal to protect women.”
The minority leader struck a very different tone on Roy Moore during the same interview.
Pelosi: “No, but we are talking about a child molester. This is—"
Chuck Todd: “Okay, but –“
Pelosi: “We’re talking about a child molester.”
Yes, Leader Pelosi has tried to clean her comments up since Sunday but her initial reaction is clear – protect the Democrat at all costs.
This is outdated thinking by Nancy Pelosi, the same approach which saw the Democrats close ranks around Bill Clinton since the 1990s.
Here is the bottom line: furiously condemning representatives of the opposing party while coddling your own is the same old Washington, D.C. politics as usual. Americans stated in the 2016 election, and polling continues to show, that they will no longer tolerate the very double speak which the minority leader has gotten so good at.