Pelosi disturbed by part of Trump’s SOTU speech: ‘It was an all-out threat’

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President Donald Trump called for unity in his State of the Union, as he laid out “the agenda of the American people.”

In asking Congress to choose “greatness,” the president said “no matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.”

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations,” Trump said as he neared the end of his uplifting speech. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way. We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad.”

So, how did the Democratic Party, which controls the House and is poised to launch a number of partisan investigations of Trump, respond?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday morning that the president of the United States was threatening Congress.

“It was a threat. It was an all-out threat,” the California Democrat said, according to Roll Call.

“The president should not bring threats to the floor of the House,” the speaker boldly declared. “He said he wasn’t going to cooperate unless we didn’t exercise our constitutional responsibility to oversight.”

She emphasized that “it’s not investigations. It’s oversight.”

Unfortunately, Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., walked all over Pelosi’s narrative.

“We will not be bullied by the president of the United States,” he told reporters. “That said, we’re not going to overreach. We’re not going to over-investigate.”

One runs the risk of over-investigating when one is engaged in… investigating.

Taking his cue from Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said that it was “unfortunate” if Trump was making a threat.

“He seems to threaten everyone though. It’s a pattern for him,” Hoyer added.

So much for unity.

Pelosi also commented on her forward-reaching clap that took social media by storm, seen by many as an “F-U” clap.

The moment came in response to Trump yet again calling for congressional leaders to come together in the best interest of the country.

“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution — and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” he said.

The speaker insisted that her gesture, which was dripping in sarcasm, was in support of his remark.

“It wasn’t sarcastic,” she said. “Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that was a very welcome message.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to Pelosi’s charge from Twitter:

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