House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was booed off stage last week—by liberals.
Pelosi defended President Obama’s position on the NSA’s surveillance programs, and suggested that leaker Edward Snowden broke the law by whistleblowing. The congresswoman’s defense of spying was not well received.
“People on the far right are saying ‘Oh, this is the fourth term of President Bush,’” Pelosi said. “Absolutely, positively not so.”
Pelosi then advocated for a greater cooperation between security and privacy agencies.
But the audience did not care for her rhetoric. Several audience members were removed from the room after objecting to Pelosi’s speech.
“It’s not balance. It’s not constitutional! No secret laws!” yelled Marc Perkel. He was immediately carried out by security personnel.
The audience then came to the defense of Perkel. “That’s what a police state looks like right there,” they yelled.
But the tone became even more heated as Pelosi began to defend the Obama administration’s handling of the Edward Snowden scandal.
“I look forward to working with all of you,” Pelosi said over hecklers. “Now that the public knows more, it gives us an opportunity for some of the things we’ve been advocating for a while.”
Pelosi’s speech met little applause. Will she continue to experience little support this year?