Roll Call

“Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

On Nov. 18, 1978, she was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America. Her boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four others lay dead nearby, killed by gunfire as they tried to escape Jonestown, the commune built by cult leader Jim Jones.

Nearly 40 years later, Speier still remembers why she decided to get on a plane to go down on the ill-fated congressional trip.

“Back in 1978, there were not many women in high-ranking positions in Congress,” said Speier, who was legislative counsel for Ryan at the time. “I felt if I didn’t go, it would be a step back for women holding these high positions. I thought, ‘I can’t not go.’”  

This history makes Speier’s remarks today, after AG William Barr stated “Spying did occur” in the context of the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia, a statement he immediately walked back yet also having the immediate intended effect…

all the more sardonic.

It seems unlikely to me that Speier would make such a remark flippantly.

Couched in her words must be a warning to Barr that drinking cult leader Trump’s Kool-Aid will be just as lethal in its consequences to his career and life as imbibing Jim Jones’ poison was to his followers.

Everything Trump touches dies

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4 Comments on "Wow. Jackie Speier, Who Survived The Jonestown Massacre, Says of Barr “He’s drinking the Kool-Aid.”"

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rory darjiit

Ditto on everyone’s “wow.”

I generally don’t like that saying…drinking the kool aid. But Rep Speier is one person who gets to use it and I’ll pay immediate attention.

Also, I’d like to express that anyone who witnesses a horrible act of violence and is nearly killed, and then gets right back into the job of public service is my hero. Rep. Speier is a role model for today, tomorrow and forever.


I had never heard about her connection with the Jonestown Massacre. Fascinating. Thank you for that.


Ditto on that, surviving the plane attack did not register with me years ago, I thought they had all been killed on the plane, because of the huge barrage of gunfire … not good for her then … good for US NOW!