The public feud between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached a new low following Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address. The night began with Trump appearing to ignore Pelosi’s offered handshake. Pelosi quickly turned the situation into a pro-Democrat photo-op, tweeting the following:
“Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot.”
Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020
It got tenser from there.
Throughout the address, Pelosi averted her eyes from Trump and instead peered around the room, at times appearing to chide her own party members and one of guests who was removed from the House gallery for shouting out during the speech. Either that, or she was talking to herself like a crazy person.
It’s Nancy Pelosi we’re talking about, so it isn’t a stretch to say that is what she was doing.
At the conclusion of Trump’s address, Pelosi stood up and dramatically tore up the text of the speech in a symbolic act of defiance. Wow, what a powerful act of resistance to the big bad orange man! In reality, she looked a 79-year-old behaving like a surly teenager. She’s almost 80. Time to grow up, Nancy.
The day after the State of the Union, the Senate voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, putting an end to Nancy Pelosi’s hopes of removing him from office.
The nasty battle between the two leaders has only intensified throughout the week. On Thursday, the two were in the same room during a National Prayer breakfast, and boy was it tense. Pelosi sat on the table opposite of Trump, and when Trump walked up to the podium to speak, he unleashed on Nancy. Trump isn’t afraid to tell anyone what he thinks of them to their face, there is no doubt about that.
Trump took a not-so-subtle shot at Pelosi. He told those in attendance that “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so.” Trump was referencing past statements Pelosi has made claiming that she doesn’t hate the president and that she prays for him. Nancy was clearly brooding as she glared at the president while he gave his speech. She didn’t appear to be someone who has a heart devoid of hate.
Trump’s comment was likely a jab at Senator Mitt Romney as well. Romney cited his faith as a reason for his vote to remove the president from office in the Senate Impeachment Trial.
Trump addressed his acquittal at the prayer breakfast as well. He went after the Democrats as a whole, saying, “As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”
Later in the day, Pelosi sniped back at the president during a press conference: “I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the President of the United States, about dignity – dignity,” Pelosi continued. “Is it okay to start saying ‘four more years’ in the House of Representatives? It’s just unheard of. It is unheard of for the President to insult people there who don’t share his views, as well as to misrepresent – present falsehoods. Some would use the word lie.”
Speaker Pelosi claimed to feel “liberated” following her now-infamous speech-tearing tantrum. She told reporters that “I tore up a manifesto of mistruths. It is very hard for us to get you to talk about the issues we are working on: H.R. 3, infrastructure, and the rest. He misrepresented all of that. It was necessary to get the attention of the American people, to say, ‘This is not true,’ and ‘this is how it affects you.’”
Speaker Pelosi began the feud the day she announced that the Democrats intended to impeach the president. She had to know that Trump wasn’t going to sit idly by and let the Democrats do their dirty work. Trump is a counter-puncher, and boy did he land a couple of haymakers on Pelosi and the Democrats this week.
He has sent them reeling. Their impeachment efforts have backfired and a recent Gallup poll found Trump’s approval rating to be at an all-time high.
Trump is winning the battle with Nancy Pelosi. We don’t know when the next clash is coming…
But it’ll be epic.