Members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s base aren’t the only ones exasperated by her continued refusal to begin impeachments proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Congressman Steve Cohen, the guy who pulled the Kentucky Fried Chicken stunt earlier this month, is so angry that he suggested Thursday morning that the House speaker is unpatriotic.
“She says that she’s doing this [not impeaching] because of patriotism, not politics. It’s hard to see that,” he said while speaking on “CNN Newsroom” with host Poppy Harlow.
“The fact is when you have a Constitution and you have a rule of law, and it’s being destroyed in a reckless gangster manner, you need to act. I think the only reason not to act is because of politics. Patriotism says act,” he added, indicating that he thinks she’s unpatriotic.
Of course, when questioned whether that’s what he really thinks, he tried to play coy.
“It sounds like you’re saying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not being patriotic. Is that right?” Harlow asked.
“Not necessarily,” Cohen coyly replied. “I think you can be patriotic in different ways. But if you’re going to say whether going for impeachment is patriotic or not, going for impeachment is patriotic, I think going for impeachment is — when you see it laid out before you. And I see that.”
Harlow then tried again, asking, “You’re saying she’s putting politics above patriotism in this instance?”
“I hate to get into it with Nancy. Nancy and I have got a great relationship and I’m not going to spoil that,” Cohen answered.
Eh, too late, not that this is the first time the two have dueled. According to Politico, during a Democrat Steering and Policy Committee meeting on Monday, Cohen “stood up and demanded Trump’s impeachment.” Pelosi reportedly responded by saying, among other things, “This is not about politics, it’s about what’s best for the American people.”
“This isn’t about politics at all. It’s about patriotism. It’s about the strength we need to have to see things through,” @SpeakerPelosi said in the steering meeting.
Pelosi was responding to Cohen who said she was worried about losing seats.
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) May 21, 2019
Continuing the discussion Thursday with Cohen, Harlow tried one last time to procure a real answer, asking, “I get that, but you also need to be straight, right?”
“I’m straight with the American people,” Cohen promptly said, deflecting from the actual question. “Donald Trump needs to be impeached,” he replied. “I think it will be the best thing for the country and the best thing for Democrats both.”
Multiple polls have shown that the majority of Americans disagree. The only ones who support impeachment are virulently far-left radicals.
Those who aren’t too keen on impeachment were amused by his remarks:
Chicken was the appetizer.
Now he’s starting to eat his own.
Zombie with a good make-up job.?
— Marcel (@MarcelCouturie2) May 23, 2019
— Robert Earich (@RobertEarich) May 23, 2019
Chicken-man. What a circus!
— 2moderate2Bdemocrat (@2Bsarcastic) May 23, 2019
Wait a minute…is that the guy that ate chicken at a House hearing? He shouldn’t be telling anyone “what’s right.” No.
— KM (@renardgirl) May 23, 2019
Pass the chicken! Dem Rep. Steve Cohen challenges Nancy Pelosi’s sense of patriotism over Trump impeachment https://t.co/y0KxFr1qwU
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 23, 2019
Shortly after he trash-talked Pelosi on CNN, the House speaker held a press conference in which she admitted that she’s “not ready” yet to pursue impeachment.
“Let me be really very clear,” she said. “The president’s behavior, in terms of his obstruction of justice, the things he’s doing, it’s clear. It’s in plain sight. It cannot be denied. Ignoring subpoenas, obstruction of justice. Yes, these could be impeachment offenses.”
She likely said “could be” instead of “are” because she knows full well that her claims of criminality are all allegations — dubious allegations, in fact, that aren’t based on any actual facts.
“I do think that impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country, and we can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she added. “It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not. But we’re not at that place.”
And there it was.
This statement drew anger and exasperation from the base because Pelosi has been posturing nonstop about impeachment. On Wednesday she’d met with the party’s more radical elements to talk about potential impeachment. Afterward she’d delivered a statement to the media accusing the president of engaging in a “cover-up.”
All signs were pointing to impeachment, but then Thursday she suddenly switched gears.
Some of the backlash can be seen below:
Your incoherent response didn’t answer the question @SpeakerPelosi. You can’t rationally reconcile Trump’s in-the-open commission of #impeachable offenses with your refusal to hold #ImpeachmentHearingsNow. Your illogical position gravely threatens American democracy. #ImpeachNow https://t.co/KDmcMKBKuV
— M A Gaylor ? (@MamaGaylor) May 23, 2019
So damn ridiculous!! We’ve been at impeachment the first year!
— lynnor (@lynnorbick) May 23, 2019
@SpeakerPelosi please please don’t tell us you think impeachment is too “devisive” for the country- WHAT GHE HECK ARE YOU THINKING??? THAT PREZ IS DEVISIVE AND DANGEROUS!! YOU MUST IMPEACH NOW- DONT HESITATE – TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!
— ChrissieGriffith (@ChrissieGriffi3) May 23, 2019
“Not on the path to impeachment”??? It’s time TO GET ON THAT PATH! It’s your responsibility to PRESERVE DEMOCRACY, not the votes in your next election! Get with the program!! https://t.co/1pDT6bTFqm
— Christopher (@Chrispc2u) May 23, 2019
Moronic hates all strong women, hates women of color more due to his racism. It’s past time for Pelosi to begin impeachment hearings. Moronic needs to be stopped, we have surpassed a Constitutional Crisis & are headed towards much worse. @GOP has to stop aiding this criminal!
— Donna #Resists ?☮️??? (@DMau68) May 23, 2019
@SpeakerPelosi Pray for the strength and wisdom for you and dem leaders to open impeachment inquiry #ImpeachmentInquiryNow Huge numbers of want our leaders to do constitutional duty & uphold rule of law. Political outcomes will be better if you do, worse if you don’t #Democrats
— Digital Dawg (@digitaldawg001) May 23, 2019
@SpeakerPelosi you are the intervention. I know you need to exhaust all options, but getting the administration or republicans to do what it should is just not happening. We the people elected Democrats to put a check on this admin #ImpeachmentInquiryNow #ImpeachmentHearingsNOW
— Sam?I?am ???? (@housequwoke) May 23, 2019
WTF, @SpeakerPelosi??? The people are FOR impeachment, and by a very wide margin. Do not waste another second of our time. We don’t have it. If you don’t, it’s YOUR neck on the line. You will never be re-elected.
— Edwin Wald (@edwinwald) May 23, 2019