Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday tweeted a picture of gang members, saying they are House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Raise the debt limit while starting to fix the budget 'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement MORE's (D-Calif.) “campaign committee for the take back of the House.”
Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House. pic.twitter.com/yKDhkVubck— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
“Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House,” he tweeted with a picture of a group of tattooed men holding up gang signs.
Huckabee’s tweet comes during a heated debate about immigration, as House leaders last week postponed a vote on a broad immigration bill, acknowledging they did not have the votes.
Pelosi on Thursday said the GOP’s immigration bill is a “compromise with the devil,” not with Democrats. She said Republicans promote cruelty at the border.
Huckabee’s tweet may be a reference to MS-13, an international criminal gang whose members are mostly from Central American countries, particularly El Salvador. Huckabee has spoken out against the gang before, calling them “a brutal Mexican gang” that spreads “across the US border.” President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE regularly decries the gang as a reason to tighten border security.
The photo shared by Huckabee was taken by Franco-Spanish photojournalist Christian Poveda of members of the gang Mara 18 in San Salvador. Poveda was murdered in September 2009. Gang members were convicted of the crime in 2011.
Some pollsters have predicted that the Democrats will win back 23 seats in this year's midterm elections, which would be enough to win back the house majority.
-Updated 2:22 p.m.