Rep. Jerry Nadler sparked immediate backlash for a “terrifying” remark during the Senate impeachment trial in which he declared President Donald Trump must be “brought to heel.”
The New York Democrat also gave a melodramatic warning Wednesday that the country has to be “saved” from the president’s attempts to “rig our elections.”
Nadler was responding to a question posed by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts who was reading questions in the Senate chamber submitted on note cards and addressed to either House Democratic managers or Trump’s defense team.
“If President Trump were to actually invoke executive privilege in this proceeding, wouldn’t he be required to identify the specific documents or communications containing sensitive material that he seeks to protect?” Roberts asked, reading a question from Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin.
Nadler went on to respond by saying “executive privilege is a very limited privilege that must be claimed by the President. He has at no time claimed executive privilege. Rather, he has claimed absolute immunity, the nonexistent concept that every Court that has ever considered it has rejected.”
He accused the president of “blackmail” and of “trying to extort a foreign government,”declaring that he had broken the law as well as creating “diversion after diversion.”
“They’re diversions by a president who is desperate because we have proven the facts,” Nadler said with a straight face.
He wrapped up his rant with an eyebrow-raising comment that unmasked the true hatred of the president by Democrats.
“But the facts are the facts,” he said. “The president is a danger to the United States. He’s tried to rig the next election. He’s abused his power and he must be brought to heel and the country must be saved from his continuing efforts to rig our elections.”
That is a terrifying statement.
— Lisa (@kittywhisperer7) January 30, 2020
The New York Democrat, who has contended that the House case against Trump was “proven beyond any doubt at all,” was slammed on Twitter for his ridiculous but very telling comment.
Bring what to heel @RepJerryNadler ? The booming economy, trade deal with China, the USMCA, the new MidEast Peace Plan, …. etc… which of these “awful” things @POTUS is administering must be brought to heel?
— TenNamesLater (@TenNamesLater) January 30, 2020
Brought to heel? These Dems sounding more and more desperate every day.
— Lexi (@penngirl72) January 30, 2020
Damn he is just a clown. This whole show is done.
— Pete “Formal Threat!” (@petemsgt1787) January 30, 2020
He really means the President is a danger to them! Uncovering all their underhanded & illegal acts! They can’t control President Trump and that is the real problem for them!
— Janice E Iler (Lawson) (@JaniceEIler1) January 30, 2020
This statement is clear it’s not about the impeachment. It’s about total control. Nadler’s 30 plus year grudge against @realDonaldTrump is driving @JerryNadler‘s hatred. This is not just a coup of the Republic, but a lynching of an innocent man.
— Crusader4US (@crusader4US) January 30, 2020
@senatemajldr Who is supposed to enforced decorum in the Senate floor? Why didn’t Justice Roberts call him out? @SpeakerPelosi are you going to censure your handpicked HRep Manager? This is why over 50% of #WeThePeople despise dirty politics.
— +++Rico Rich Anon+++ (@anon_RicoRich) January 30, 2020
Anyone remember Balance of Power? The President is not subordinate to the House. He does not heel. How absolutely disgusting to say such a thing. @RepJerryNadler
— K Lee (@KAnnette52) January 30, 2020
— Tim (@tcudaman) January 30, 2020
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