‘Speaker Pelosi is an embarrassment and unfit for office’: Cheney, others disgusted at Pelosi’s behavior during attack

(Video screenshots from CBS’s “Sunday Morning”/”the Late Late Show”)

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being “unfit for office” Tuesday after reports began to emerge suggesting she wasn’t being earnest with the public.

As Iranian-fired missiles rained down on two Iraqi bases containing U.S. military forces early Tuesday evening, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly attempted to inform Pelosi about the situation, but she initially refused to take the call.

“‘Tell him I’ll call him back,’ she said according to sources in room, noting she had to go open the House for new session,” Politico’s Heather Caygle reported via tweets. “Two minutes later, she was handed note about airbase bombing.”

She finally called back at 6:34 pm:

What irked Cheney and others was what the speaker chose to do next.

According to Anna Spiegel of Washingtonian magazine, she chose to briefly stop by the opening for the Maialino Mare restaurant in The Yards waterfront development in D.C.:

Almost exactly 15 minutes after Spiegel’s tweet was published, Pelosi finally took to Twitter herself to address Iran’s attack on two Iraqi bases containing U.S. military forces, after which she again went radio silent through the entire evening.

In her tweet, she claimed to be “[c]losely monitoring the situation” and essentially vowed to “ensure the safety of our servicemembers.”

Look:

Because of the timing of these posts, some critics, including Cheney, accused the House speaker of being insincere in regard to her concern about what Politico has dubbed “perhaps the biggest international crisis to test [President Donald] Trump yet.”

“Speaker Pelosi is an embarrassment and unfit for office,” Cheney bluntly tweeted.

Others followed suit.

Look:

Others dinged the speaker for her arguably anti-American statement.

Note how she wrote about “ending needless provocations from the [Trump] Administration.”

The premise was that the administration’s elimination of Iranian military general and terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani — a man who’d recently suggested sleeper cells in the United States were ready to strike and kill Americans — was somehow wrong.

Considering also the timing of the tweet — Iran had just struck at least two Iraqi bases containing U.S. military forces — it just seemed “disrespectful” to some.

Look:

Had American lives been lost because of the Iranian attacks, the criticism would likely be even more scathing. But as it stands, zero causalities were sustained, and the president was slated to address the public sometime Wednesday morning.

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Vivek Saxena

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