House Democrats are getting to President Donald Trump — metaphorically and literally, considering the president’s continuously and very publicly fraying mental state and the formal impeachment inquiry they’ve launched. This week, ABC News released an interview that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did with George Stephanopoulos in which she discussed her perspective on the situation, bluntly denouncing the president as “scared.” When there’s a scared demonstrable egomaniac in charge of the military might of the United States… the country and world are not exactly in a secure situation.
Stephanopoulos had been discussing in particular the president’s recent public pronouncement that supposedly, the Democrats (and Pelosi in particular) are “incapable” of working on constructive legislative reform like lowering prescription drug prices.
Noting that Democrats have been and remain at the negotiating table on this and other issues, Pelosi insisted:
‘I think the president knows that the argument can be made against him, and he’s scared, so he’s trying to divert attention from that to that we’re standing in the way of legislation.’
EXCLUSIVE: Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos that Pres. Trump is trying to divert attention because he’s “scared” of House impeachment inquiry.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2019
Indeed — although the Trump White House made a show of pronouncing that they’d no longer work with Congressional Democrats on legislative reform if their impeachment inquiry proceeded, just to be clear — there was no previously in place overwhelming cooperation between the Trump White House and Congressional Democrats. House Democrats have passed hundreds of bills since they’ve been in the majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has blocked most of them from proceeding in his chamber.
Pelosi had more ideas as to an explanation for the situation, going on to explain her take on the president’s state of mind based on a phone conversation the two of them had recently in which Trump tried to get her to work something out instead of moving forward with impeachment.
Asked if at that time she could hear “fear” in his voice, Pelosi shared:
‘I saw the surprise in his voice that he didn’t understand that I thought what he did was wrong, that he was undermining his national security, that he was undermining our Constitution by his actions, and that he was undermining the integrity of our elections. He just didn’t see it.’
That’s an understatement — although she seems to know that.
As Stephanopoulos noted, the president even denounced House Democrats’ investigative efforts this week by tweeting that it was all “BULLSHIT,” as if throwing out curse words will suddenly make the whole situation disappear.
‘The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016.’
He’s just that desperate for some kind of diversion, apparently.
The specific main spark for the impeachment inquiry was the revelation that Trump had been trying to recruit Ukrainian authorities to dig up dirt on the Bidens that could be useful for Trump’s re-election campaign. There’s no evidence for the allegations of the Bidens getting financial kickbacks that Trump and his cronies have slung around.
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