Unless the person compiling the list is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). During an appearance Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, the host asked Pelosi if she thought Israel should be doing more “to protect civilians in Gaza.”
Pelosi responded (in part), “We have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” In fairness, Pelosi did not exactly say she considers Hamas a humanitarian organization; she said the Qataris told her it was.
Unsurprisingly, once the quote percolated to the surface of Twitter, Pelosi’s people fired up the spin cycle. In a statement quoted in the Washington Examiner, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said:
As Leader Pelosi reiterated in her CNN interview, Hamas is a terrorist organization. As also stated, she believes that in supporting a two-state solution, we must support Abbas, we must support Israel's Iron Dome initiative and we must support the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians. She also believes that engaging the Qataris, who refer to Hamas as a humanitarian organization and fund such needs, would put additional pressure on Hamas to stop the rockets attacks and destroy all tunnels.
Apparently, Hammill didn’t watch “Leader Pelosi’s” spot on Crowley’s show or read the readily available transcript, a quick perusal of which reveals that Nancy “Are You Serious” Pelosi never once calls Hamas a terrorist group. In fact, if she genuinely believed Hamas is a terrorist organization (as it has been defined by the U.S. State Department since 1997) would she support giving control of a significant swath of the Holy Land to it?
And what of Pelosi’s reliance on the opinion of the unnamed claque of Qataris? The Washington Examiner observes:
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