In response to Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, conservatives have begun drawing attention to past statements by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler that belie their current fervor for impeachment.
Flashback to Dec. 18, 1998, a day before then-President Bill Clinton was impeached by congressional Republicans for proven perjury and proven obstruction of justice. In a speech that day on the House floor, then-regular old Congresswoman Pelosi accused her Republican peers of allowing their hatred of Clinton to hurt America.
“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance,” she said. “We are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton, and until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred our country will suffer.”
“It’s about a punishment searching for a crime that doesn’t exist,” she continued, adding that the impeachment was a “hatchet job,” aka a witch hunt.
(Source: Turning Point USA)
Sound familiar? It should, given as it mirrors what conservatives have been saying about the Democrats and their clear-cut hatred of Trump.
“Robert Mueller’s report did not hand leftists the ammunition they wanted, to clinch their planned, undercover coup d’état against the President of the United States. So now, House leaders are demanding actions and floating a bevy of new, destructive, and illegal ideas designed to bring impeachment of the POTUS.”
The latest idea involves accusing the president of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden for political purposes.
Though the facts show that the president did not pressure Zelensky and that his request for the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden had been about rooting out corruption (not to mention investigating 2016 election interference), Democrats don’t seem to care.
“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi announced during a presser late Tuesday afternoon.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. Therefore today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
It was like a 360 from what she’d said 21 years ago. The same goes for Nadler.
“He knew quite properly that the impeachment of a president is an undoing of a national election,” he said at a reported anti-impeachment rally sometime in 1998.
“And one of the reasons we all feel so angry about what they are doing is that they are ripping asunder our votes. They are telling us that our votes don’t count. And that the election must be set aside.”
Does that sound familiar as well? It should.
Conservatives have maintained since day one that the Democrats’ incessant efforts to dethrone Trump haven’t been rooted in a sincere desire to stamp out corruption but rather in their zealous desire to roll back the 2016 election and install whom they believe to be America’s rightful president.
Listen to his remarks from 1998 below:
🚨NADLER IN 1998🚨
AT AN ANTI-IMPEACHMENT RALLY:
“An impeachment of a President is an undoing of a National Election” pic.twitter.com/zMOuxVaqqi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 25, 2019
Yet 21 years later, he’s now singing the opposite tune.
“Impeachment is imperative not because he’s going to be removed from office. The Senate won’t do that. But because we have to vindicate the Constitution,” he said during an interview last week with New York radio station WNYC.
“We have to show that this kind of behavior — trashing the Constitution, trashing all the norms which guarantee democratic government, aggrandizing power to the presidency and destroying the separation of powers and thereby leading the president to become more and more of a tyrant cannot be tolerated. And it cannot be normalized.”
As one Twitter critic wrote, it’s as if the Democrats “change the rules [and] the laws” to fit their desired narrative. Back then the narrative was that Clinton was innocent, when in fact he was guilty. And now the narrative is that Trump is guilty, when in fact he’s innocent.
How flip flop it’s been. All what dems were for they are now against . It’s right there for any American to look up online and listen too. They change the rules the laws and now want to change the constitution of the USA. We cannot let them do this to America.
— 🇺🇸JimS🇺🇸 (@Jimshivers1) September 25, 2019
A blast from the past – when #NancyPelosi said she believed in checks & balances, the rule of law and fairness and stood in opposition to political #impeachment#TDS changed all that. https://t.co/5p6J9Afyrq
— Janne Clark (@janne_clark) September 25, 2019
Nancy felt a lot differently about impeachment when the president was from her party.
👉 “It’s about a punishment searching for a crime that doesn’t exist.” Pelosi called the process a “hatchet job”
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) September 25, 2019
“21 Years Ago, Nadler Sang A Very Different Tune On Impeachment” The hypocrite was denouncing impeachment back then for actual proved felonies by Bill Clinton, perjury, obstruction of justice, sexual abuse, etc.
— Mark W. Büse (@markwbuse) September 26, 2019
21 years ago, impeachment proceedings were about a very different criminal offense.
— MaasNeotekPrototype (@MaasNeotekProto) September 26, 2019
— 🇺🇸Vote2Win4America(GOP)🇺🇸 (@Vote2Win4GOP) September 25, 2019
Note how the critics repeatedly pointed out that Clinton’s crimes were real, whereas Trump’s alleged crimes — including the debunked Russia collusion delusion conspiracy theories — have all been faker than plastic flowers.
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