Much like President Donald Trump, blunt-spoken Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy appears to believe that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues are indeed third-rate politicians.
Speaking on Saturday with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, the senator expressed feeling perplexed over how Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff have chosen to handle their impeachment inquiry against the president.
They’ve been handling it like a third-rate politician would, he suggested.
Listen to his analysis below:
(Source: Fox News)
“When I watch the House impeachment proceedings, I’m both perplexed and appalled,” he said. “Here is what I hear Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Schiff saying to the American people: ‘You’re stupid, and we’re smart.'”
“I hear them saying to the American people, ‘You’re so stupid, you can’t govern yourselves.’ I hear them saying, ‘You’re so stupid that you chose President Trump over Secretary Clinton, and we’ve got to fix it for you,'” he added.
Why would Kennedy feel this way? Perhaps because Pelosi refuses to drop the impeachment narrative, as some have suggested she do, and just let the American people decide the president’s fate for themselves come the next election.
During her weekly press conference last week, Pelosi bluntly said that the American people are “not going to decide” Trump’s future — she and her caucus are.
“The voters are not going to decide whether we honor our oath of office. They already decided that in the last election,” she said.
“The voters are not going to decide whether we honor our oath of office.” @SpeakerPelosi
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Asked if the Democrats would consider what American voters want in terms of the president’s removal,
“The voters are not going to decide whether we honor our oath of office.”
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Pelosi is a power hungry Democrat. Pelosi said, “The voters are not going to decide whether we honor our oath of office. They already decided that in the last election.”
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“I hear them saying, ‘You’re so stupid, we’re not even going to show you the evidence. You can’t handle it. We’re going to do all of this behind closed doors and then tell you what we’re going to do,'” Kennedy said during his discussion with Cavuto.
Instead of holding a formal impeachment vote, Pelosi and her caucus have exploited a loophole in congressional rules to conduct their inquiry informally. Doing so has allowed them to hold secret meetings and deny the president due process.
It’s a “perplexing” strategy, Kennedy added, especially given all the puff pieces he’s read about Pelosi.
“I find it perplexing because I read these stories about Nancy Pelosi and what an extraordinarily talented politician she is and how she’s a strategic thinker and a major tactician, and I think to myself, ‘Does she really believe the American people are going to fall for this?'” he said.
“I know that Speaker Pelosi is a smart lady. She is not dumb. But if this were anybody else, I would be thinking to myself, ‘It must suck to be that dumb,'” he added.
Why dumb? Because the strategy runs the risk of alienating the American people. So does the impeachment push itself. As recently noted by Chicago Law School professor Eric Posner, the Republicans’ impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton in the late ’90s was “a futile exercise that damaged Republicans,” but also “enhanced Clinton’s power.”
He added that the “common factor” between Clinton’s impeachment and the ongoing impeachment effort against Trump “is that it was clear from the start that the U.S. Senate would never convict, which requires a two-thirds majority.”
Therefore it’s as if the Democrats’ impeachment effort is just political theater.
By the way, Kennedy wasn’t joking when he said “if this were anybody else, I would be thinking to myself, ‘It must suck to be that dumb.'”
Those were in fact the exact seven words (plus one) he uttered way back in April about House Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal, a Democrat obsessed with obtaining the president’s tax returns. According to Neal, his desire was rooted in policy, not politics. But Kennedy didn’t believe him.
“I can’t believe he really thinks the American people are going to fall for that,” the senator said to CNN’s Jake Tapper at the time. “It must really suck to be that dumb.”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on FNC, Cavuto continued it by offering a counter-argument.
“They can turn it around on you and say, ‘Are Republicans stupid enough to keep carrying the president’s water?’ … that he does the kind of things that put guys like you on the spot,” he said.
“I don’t mind being on the spot,” Kennedy replied. “I don’t mind having a public — not behind-closed-doors debate with the president or anybody else about our conduct with respect to the Kurds or whether the issue is healthcare or whatever.”
“But I’ve always believed and I will continue to believe — shoot me when I stop believing this — that the ultimate arbiter is the American people,” he added.
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