Democrats are claiming ignorance on Northam’s infanticide comments, but one Republican wants to force their hands

· February 1, 2019  
    Font Size A A A
pelosi shrug at presser
Win McNamee | Getty Images

When asked about Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s infanticide comments, the most popular response among Capitol Hill Democrats so far is cluelessness.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a Thursday press conference, flat-out said that she wasn’t aware of what Northam said.

Several Senate Democrats also claimed that they hadn’t heard of the comments or the backlash they generated. These claims drew criticism from a Republican colleague, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who tweeted, “Even the babies being aborted aren’t this silent.”

Of course, since the legacy media tends to swerve away from stories like this, there’s a certain level of plausible deniability on whether or not these Dems actually heard about Northam’s comments. However, if Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., gets his way on a floor vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, they’ll have to do their homework on the subject, or at least pretend to.

Sasse said on Thursday that he was committed to fighting for a Senate vote on the legislation, which enhances legal protections for newborn infants who survive abortion attempts, because “every Democrat should have to answer” for where they stand on the issue.

Later that day, he kickstarted the process to fast-track a vote on the legislation. He said on the Senate floor, “I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated.”

So maybe the Democrats who pleaded ignorance on Thursday will have been brought up to speed on the issue by Monday. We’ll see.


Want to keep up with what’s going on in Washington without the liberal media slant, establishment spin, and politician-ese?

Sign up to get Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief in your inbox every morning! It’s free!

* indicates required

Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is BlazeTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateOnTheHill or send tips to nmadden@blazemedia.com.