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.
"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation," Trump said in address.
"It was an all-out threat,” Pelosi says Wednesday https://t.co/wOe2lJU0qK
— Roll Call (@rollcall) February 6, 2019
“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:
@TheDemocrats don’t get it. He wasn’t threatening. He was educating. All of their investigations are attempts to obstruct the administration and smear with no basis. He is trying to get them to understand that if they stop obstructing, we can get things done.
— Janet Stevenson (@JanetSt0831) February 6, 2019
She is the speaker of an “Out of control House”. But rest assured everything is rosey ?
— ? (@TruthRW) February 6, 2019
There was no threat. Completely manufactured hoopla fabricated by democrats to distract from fact they are simply only there to oppose current regime at all cost. Wall or anything else. They are not there to solve anything. Their leader wants power
— P_Fury3 (@trac123) February 6, 2019
What a disappointment. As a strong woman in business you need to acknowledge the right side of an argument. And sometimes that is not your side. She is a disappointment,
— sad american citizen (@PeggyWeiser) February 6, 2019
Witch hunt, there fixed it for you. #JournalismIsDead
— REDEYE (@redeye80) February 6, 2019
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