She’s already folded, and her base isn’t happy about it.
Less than 24 hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first held a meeting with the House Democrat Caucus about potentially impeaching President Donald Trump and then delivered a statement to the media accusing the president of engaging in a “cover-up,” she folded like a lawn chair.
Questioned Thursday afternoon about why she hasn’t yet filed papers for impeachment, the House speaker first doubled down on her fact-free conspiracy theory that the president has been up to no good but then stated yet again that she’s just not ready for 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.
So why then does she keep attacking the president? And why did she humor her party’s more radical members by meeting with them Wednesday to talk about potential impeachment? One could argue that it’s almost as if she’s been throwing red meat to her base to keep them happy.
But after her latest renege — it’s certainly not the first — it’s unclear if the trick will work any longer. The reaction from liberal Democrats on social media has been one of Trump Derangement Syndrome-equivalent rage, except it’s been directed at Pelosi instead.
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
Despite what Pelosi’s radical base claims, the majority of Americas do not support impeachment. A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll published at the start of the month revealed that a 65 percent majority of Americans oppose impeaching the president.
And according to Slate, “Since Mueller’s report came out, seven [additional] national pollsters have asked whether Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against Trump. In every sample, a strong plurality — and in most cases, a majority — has said no.”
These are the facts. The problem for Pelosi is she doesn’t represent the majority of the American people. She only represents a small contingent of liberal Democrats who reside in San Francisco, one of the most radically left-wing cities in the entire country.
The congressional Democrat leader is effectively stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, she wants to appease her base by impeaching Trump. But on the other, she wants to appeal to the American people at large (who next year get to determine who’ll control the White House, House and Senate from 2021 through 2025) by working with him to accomplish something meaningful. But instead of taking a side, she’s trying to play both sides. And it doesn’t seem to be working.
Meanwhile, as the Democrats are continuing to play on the swing of impeachment, nothing substantive is getting done, as the president himself noted in a tweet Thursday afternoon:
When the Democrats in Congress refinish, for the 5th time, their Fake work on their very disappointing Mueller Report finding, they will have the time to get the REAL work of the people done. Move quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2019
By “refinish,” he meant special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Though its conclusion was supposed to have marked an end to all the conspiracy theorizing, the Democrats have of course since doubled, tripled and quadrupled down, as usual.
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