House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had some fantastically tone-deaf tweets after American military members were killed in Afghanistan.
It happened on Thursday, right after an attack near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan where at least a dozen American military members were killed in addition to Afghans, and many Twitter users excoriated her for it.
“More than a century ago, after generations of marching and fighting, courageous suffragists finally won full and equal citizenship and representation in our democracy with the adoption of the 19th Amendment. We honor those who moved our nation closer toward full equality for all,” she said in her first tweet.
A reminder that this happened, as she said, in the 19th century, not the 21st century.
“We also remember the many heroic women of color, too often unsung, who carried on the fight for decades more to overcome discrimination and injustice to win fair access to the ballot for every community,” the Speaker said.
And there it is. Do not forget to mention the “voting rights” legislation you are campaigning for.
“Despite progress, women across the nation still face barriers to full equality: from shameful pay disparities to the unfair economic impacts of the pandemic to the brazen assault on the right to vote. At this moment, Democrats are committed to Building Back Better with Women,” she said.
To say that, not only after a terrorist attack but after knowing that Joe Biden, the leader of your party, has left Afghanistan in the control of the Taliban who have a history of subjugating women, is as tone-deaf as it gets.
“Today, and every day, let us summon the suffragists’ spirit of hope and strive to lift the voices of women across the nation – because we know this truth: when women succeed, America succeeds. Read my full statement here,” she said in her first tweet with a link to her statement.
“Will you be delivering this message to Afghan women personally? Don’t forget to wave your finger at the Taliban if they don’t listen to you,” one Twitter user said.
“Are you detached from reality or has your cable been turned off or are you not watching the news,” another said.
“Let me fix your statement because your (sic) completely out of touch. Today, and every day, let us summon the courage and selflessness of our troops and lift up the families of those who lost family members today – because we know this truth: Their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” a woman named Jessica said.
“Not much hope for women’s equality in Afghanistan,” a woman named Debby said.
“What about the women suffering in Afghanistan? I refuse to celebrate my freedom until all women are free!!” another woman said.
“So out of touch considering the Marines. Scary and heartbreaking that this is what our country’s leadership has descended to,” another Twitter user said.
“Could you possibly be any more out of touch? U.S. service people were killed today in Kabul and you start the day off tweeting about (sic) this fluff??” another said.
And as you read her statement you may notice that it resembles, to this writer, more of a Democrat wish list than it does a call for equal rights which, as far as we can tell, exists.
“Despite historic progress, women across the nation still face many barriers to full equality: from shameful pay disparities to the unfair economic impacts of the pandemic to the brazen assault on the right to vote. At this pivotal moment, Democrats are committed to Building Back Better with Women, unleashing their full economic potential with the Biden Child Tax Credit, affordable child care, free universal pre-K, home health care, paid leave and more. As we prepare to pass the historic Build Back Better Act, we continue our work to enact the House-passed Paycheck Fairness Act, to ensure equal pay for equal work, as well as the For The People Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to secure the sacred right to vote for which the suffragists valiantly fought,” she said.