U.S. Senator David Perdue spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, slamming Democrats for using "extreme rhetoric" that he claimed was inciting racism and fueling protests like those of the brownshirts in 1930's Germany. The Republican from Georgia singled out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for calling for "uprisings" across the country.
Here is a partial trancript of Perdue's speech:
"One of my Democratic colleagues in this body has encouraged people to, ‘get in the face of some Congresspeople.’ Really? How does that move the cause of justice forward? The House Minority Leader wants to see ‘uprisings all over the country.’ Seriously? Another member of the House said, 'They're not going to be able to go to a restaurant’ – talking about Republicans. ‘They're not going to be able to stop at a gasoline station."
"They're not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They're going to protest. They're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president they can no longer hang with him.’ The same member of the House also said, ‘if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, department store, gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd. You push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome," Perdue continued.
"This is America, but these are the tactics of the brownshirts in Germany in the 1930s," he said. "Unacceptable. Totally irresponsible. This is outrageous and unacceptable behavior for anyone but much less a member of this body, a member of Congress, and a member in the United States Senate. You've crossed a line. Inciting dangerous behavior is not something we should be about in this body."
"It is clear that this is all a well-orchestrated effort to cause delay and push this decision past the election. Shame on any member of this body, Republican or Democrat, that puts self-interest and political interest before their constitutional responsibility," the Senator said.