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The 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington D.C. was a humbling event for so many of us.
Surrounded by the survivors of fallen officers and countless men and women who serve in law enforcement, I was moved to tears countless times over the service.
But there was one important moment… just one moment… where I didn’t feel sadness – I felt anger.
It was the moment that Nancy Pelosi was announced as being a guest on the stage.
All of the other guests, including Attorney General Barr, received a thunderous applause. For Pelosi, it was more like the polite golf clap that people are forced to give for a player that cheated their way into a major tournament.
I was disgusted by her presence on stage. And my guess, based on this photo we snapped, was that the Attorney General Barr was as well.
Attorney General William Barr was a prominent presence during the entirety of National Police Week in Washington D.C. this year.
He delivered a powerful speech on Monday to an audience of thousands of family members, coworkers, supporters and more as a candlelight vigil was held on the National Mall. Tears filled the eyes of survivors as they remembered their loved ones that left this world too early.
And on Wednesday, A.G. Barr sat on the U.S. Capitol lawn as President Trump helped to honor members of the blue family who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
His support of our nation’s heroes is unwavering, and it clearly showed during his time in front of surviving family members and active duty officers from around the country.
Nancy Pelosi was only present for a short time. She left the stage long before the event had ended.
Following the conclusion of the event, Barr and Pelosi reportedly ran into each other. That’s when Barr used the opportunity to take a playful dig at the Speaker of the House.
“Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?”
Barr’s comments are referencing Pelosi’s recent call to bring charges against the Attorney General for “committing a crime” and “lying to Congress.”
“He lied to Congress,” Pelosi said. “He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the President of the United States and not the Attorney General,” she said at a press conference after Barr failed to show for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
But did Barr actually impede justice?
Democrats want Barr to face penalties over his handling of the Mueller report, but a closer look at the events surrounding the investigation show that Mueller’s letter to Barr expressed more concern about the media’s coverage of the AG rather than the document itself.
Barr’s “handcuffs” comment didn’t go unanswered.
Pelosi reportedly smiled at the AG and noted that if an arrest was necessary, the House Sergeant at Arms was present.
Barr laughed and walked away.
Today at a law enforcement ceremony at Capitol:
AG Barr approached Pelosi, shook her hand: "Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?"
Pelosi smiled and, per a bystander, told Barr the House Sergeant at Arms was there should an arrest be needed. Barr laughed; walked away
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) May 15, 2019
Now let me be clear about my feelings about having Pelosi on stage – because I’m sure many would disagree with me.
I appreciate a bipartisan show of support for law enforcement – and especially for the families of the fallen. Their sacrifice is far too great, and the legacy of their loved ones is far too important to let partisanship come before honoring that.
The reason that I took exception to Pelosi being on stage was that all of her actions to date seem to indicate obvious disrespect for our law enforcement officers. And judging by how quick she was to leave the memorial service, this seems to have been nothing more than yet another media ploy.
The policies that Pelosi stands for are dangerous for our law enforcement officers and, quite frankly, treasonous to America.
In January, President Trump announced that he would be signing a temporary deal that would fund our federal government in order to make sure federal government employees would get paid.
But the deal came without any money funding the border wall, which has been the catalyst in the standoff between Trump and the Nancy Pelosi led Democrats.
Nancy Pelosi then lead a social media celebration that she had defeated Trump.
But who demonstrated having the backs of our law enforcement officers – President Trump, who was willing to re-open the government to make sure 800,000 federal workers could receive their paychecks? Or Pelosi, who has addressed the massive concerns of so many who serve and protect our communities and our country about the dangers of open borders?
Let’s look at the numbers.
These are the estimates from the Senate Appropriations Committee on the number of LEO’s that were not getting paid while the government was shut down.
More than 41,000 federal law enforcement and correctional officers were not getting paid, including:
- 2,614 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents.
- 16,742 Bureau of Prisons correctional officers.
- 13,709 FBI agents.
- 3,600 Deputy U.S. Marshals.
- 4,399 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.
Up to 88 percent of Department of Homeland Security employees were not getting paid, including:
- 53,000 TSA employees.
- 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and customs officers.
- 42,000 Coast Guard employees.
But it goes far beyond money – it goes right to dangerous laws.
Nancy Pelosi’s Sanctuary Policies that provide aid, comfort, and protection to those not in the country legally make it extremely difficult for LEO’s to perform their jobs, which they took an oath and swore to uphold and enforce the laws of this land.
For example, in March, Nancy Pelosi, who accused the Trump administration and ICE agents of carrying out “cowardly attacks” on those not here legally, issued the statement after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California, claiming three recently passed state laws are deliberately interfering with federal immigration enforcement.
Nancy Pelosi’s disdain for ICE is obvious from her statement.
“The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump administration’s brazen aggression and intimidation tactics,” the California Democrat said. “Californians will continue to proudly keep our doors open to the immigrants who make America more American. We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities.”
Pelosi clearly puts the needs of those who break the law over ICE agents.
Take, for example, the murder of Corporal Singh.
Singh was a legalized immigrant to the US and was living his American dream of being a police officer in the state of California. Corporal Singh was murdered by someone who was NOT here legally – Gustavo Perez Arraiga, who was a dangerous gang member.
California’s sanctuary law includes more than 800 exceptions for violent crimes and felonies and bars police from asking people about their citizenship status. These are laws that Nancy Pelosi supports.
So what was Nancy Pelosi’s response to the murder of Corporal Singh?
Silence. Not a word.
Except for a couple of alternative comments she issued that day.
She decried the deaths of two children who weren’t here legally… and did it that same day bashing the government shut down and promoting her upcoming MSNBC special.
Corporal Singh worked for Newman Police Department, which was not far from her district in San Francisco. President Trump called the family of Corporal Singh expressing his condolences and again cried out for the need for a border.
In contrast to Pelosi, who walked off stage early in the memorial service, President Trump welcomed Singh’s family onto the stage – including Ronil’s wife and child along with his brother Reggie.
“Corporal Singh headed out on duty — which he loved — to protect and to serve. You all know the story,” said President Trump. “Because hours later, he was gunned down and killed during a simple traffic stop. He was a vicious killer, this man that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before. A vicious killer that could’ve been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell it takes.”
President Trump gave Reggie the opportunity to address the crowd.
“I am the brother of Corporal Ronil Singh. I’d like to thank every single law enforcement officer over here. What you guys go through — I heard stories from my brother,” said Reggie Singh.
“This man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he is doing for the law enforcement, we support him. His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times. Multiple times. I don’t think that ever happened before. Ever. This man is amazing, and my family supports him.”
President Trump then invited Corporal Singh’s wife to speak.
“It’s something I didn’t get to do at the office. I actually want to thank you personally for — you’re the only one that actually reached out and said — gave your condolence to the family,” she said.
“And it actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here. For the sacrifice my husband and his brothers in blue have given. So I want to thank you for that. And we all — every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones. And that’s what I want for my husband.”
It’s the kind of respect you only see from someone who loves law enforcement. That someone is not Nancy Pelosi.
On the contrary, Pelosi voted “Nay” on HR 3004 Kate’s Law. Remember that bill? It would have increased criminal penalties of those reentering the United States after being deported once already.
Kate Steinle, an American citizen, was murdered in San Francisco in Nancy Pelosi’s very own district, by a seven-time felon who had been deported five times.
And Pelosi voted “no”. Some of us would consider that providing support to enemies to Americans.
Pelosi continues to push for legislation that will tie the hands of our law enforcement officers – not provide protection for them.
Her policies are dangerous. Her intentions are disrespectful.
And her brief presence on that stage before storming off to do God-knows-what was a slap in the face to every man and woman who sat in the crowd that day.
God bless those survivors. God bless those who fight every day to protect our country from those who seek to do it – and us – harm. God bless President Trump.
And God help us if we don’t continue to apply pressure to those seeking to undermine law and order in America.