Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement Thursday night commenting on the indictment of former President Trump – a statement that has raised eyebrows due to its blatant inaccuracy on the rule of law in the United States.
“The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law,” Pelosi wrote. “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”
Um, you would think that a longtime politico would be aware that a cardinal principal of the justice system in the United States is that any person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro tweeted, “Uh it’s ‘innocent until proven guilty’ not opportunity to ‘prove innocence.’”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani wrote, “Wrong. So obviously wrong. Most Middle Schoolers know this – at least they used to, when civics and the Constitution was respected in schools. You’re innocent until proven guilty.”
“The last time Americans had to ‘prove their innocence,’ we were governed by the British,” Comedian Tim Young tweeted.
Fox News host Mark Levin wrote, “Prove innocent? It’s innocent until proven guilty, moron. Or at least it used to be.” He slammed the former speaker of the House as “Stalinist Pelosi.”
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, wrote, “Pelosi confirms malicious political prosecution by suggesting Trump is guilty until proven innocent!”
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., took a swipe at the former speaker too. “The right to ‘prove innocence?’ This is America, not Stalinist Russia.”