Nancy Pelosi Punches Trump In Face For Entire Length Of Washington Post Interview
There's been a lot of fuss over Monday's Washington Post interview with Nancy Pelosi. Although a metric ton of Democrats want to impeach Donald Trump, the House Speaker officially declared it a waste of time.
PELOSI: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it.
"He's just not worth it" is such delicious shade it should appear on a t-shirt or a mug. People are misinterpreting this as Pelosi going soft and promoting foolish bipartisan harmony. No, she just has a brain in her head. The eyes in her head have also witnessed Republicans shamelessly cover for Trump and protect him even when his former personal lawyer testified to what a sleaze he is. Robert Mueller's final report probably won't change the world. It's not a new Harry Potter novel.
Pelosi is being practical. Yes, Democrats currently can "impeach the motherfucker" in the House on a party-line vote. Then they can look disappointed when walking snot rag Mitch McConnell gives them the full Merrick Garland and doesn't even hold a trial in the Senate. No one's suggesting that we let Trump play-act as president for the rest of our lives. There's another election coming up. Why else are there more Democrats in Iowa than Iowans? We can get rid of both Trump and Pence next year. Why waste time over something that will ultimately fail or, in the "best-case" scenario, end with the old mother lover himself, Mike Pence, as president? Impeachment won't make your conservative relatives finally accept that Trump is a criminal. Nancy can't save your holiday gatherings.
Many Democrats and liberal pundits disagree, of course. [Your editrix is one of them.] They think impeachment should be based on the "evidence," but we have all the evidence we need that Republicans are corrupt and will never vote to impeach Trump. Rep. Jamie Raskin argues impeachment isn't about whether Trump himself is "worth it" but if the "republic" itself is "worth it." This is all very moving, but it's unclear how the republic is served if Trump is seemingly publicly exonerated. The GOP Senate will flat-out not vote to remove him.
RASKIN: We can't get so frustrated with Donald Trump that we impeach him just for being Donald Trump, but we can't get so frustrated with Donald Trump that we don't impeach him because he's Donald Trump.
You don't have the votes. If any plan you have involves Republicans, especially McConnell, exhibiting basic decency and respect for the rule of law, you need to tear up the plan. Rep. Elijah Cummings is more connected to political realities.
CUMMINGS: Keep in mind, impeachment is a political process. ... Right now when you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this.
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn also rightly points out that we can drag down Trump's poll numbers and otherwise torment him through ongoing House probes.
CLYBURN: Impeachment is a political question. I don't care what we may feel — if the public isn't there, we can't go there. And I think the committee hearings and various things going on are what's needed in order for the public to get where they need to be.
The rest of the Washington Post interview is worth a read beyond the impeachment statement. Pelosi has some badass quotes.
For 2020, your goal is to keep control of the House and have a Democrat elected president.
And the Senate, the whole thing.
Yes, she's coming for everything. If we can just chill out and not chase impeachment fantasies, we can have Congress and the White House gift-wrapped and under the tree for Christmas 2020. Pelosi makes compelling arguments for why Democrats should run the show. She also slits the Republicans' throats with a smile.
PELOSI: I was born into a family that was devoutly Catholic, fiercely patriotic, proud of our Italian American heritage and staunchly Democrat. And we saw that connection between church and Democrats as the Gospel of Matthew. When I was hungry, when I was thirsty, when I was naked, when I was homeless, when I was in prison. And that was how we were raised, that we had a responsibility to other people. And that was our motivation. So that's why sometimes it's hard for me to understand — I have to admit this, that we were raised to say there's a spark of divinity in every person. That we're all God's children. And yet I see people of faith go down paths that so contradict what they say. For example, on the issue of immigration, so many people of faith, I guess they just don't think that there's a spark of divinity or that we're all God's children. How disrespectful they are.
Pelosi believes her caucus represents a wide range of ideas, but they remain united through core values. The centrists and progressives are "all of one mind" to truly work for American families and show "respect for every person in our society." She has true affection for the Democratic Party and its members.
The speaker does not at any point in the interview say the name "Donald Trump." She refers to him either factually as "the president" or with icy dismissiveness as "the person in the White House." It's clear that she considers him utterly beneath contempt. She straight-up says Trump is "ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit." He's just a big, dumb criminal is what she's saying. It is glorious.
PELOSI: No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States. And that's up to us to make the contrast to show that this president — while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it's globalization or immigrants — is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing...
OMG, she just called Trump supporters insecure bigots too stupid to realize he's destroying the world. She's just cutting fools down with a Hattori Hanzo sword.
PELOSI: I don't usually talk about him this much. This is the most I've probably talked about him. I hardly ever talk about him. You know, it's not about him.
She really knows how to hurt "the person in the White House." Who needs impeachment? She will belittle Trump to death, and we are here for it.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle.