This is the first day of Donald Trump’s war with his perceived enemies. These are Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) whose “guilty” vote to impeach embarrassed him and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) among others. The president’s definition of enemy includes anyone who does not agree with him. Plus the frothier the praise the better, which could become a new art form.
After the speaker invited POTUS to give his State of the Union address in her House, he turned it into a circus and cheapened the evening. He began by snubbing her handshake. By the end of the event, she had enough and ripped up his speech, very pointedly.
One of Trump’s foot soldiers introduced a resolution of disapproval. It condemned the speaker’s act of tearing up her copy of the president’s speech. The resolution was sponsored by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX). It said that when Pelosi tore up the president speech at the State of the Union address, this act was, according to CNN:
‘[A] breach of decorum [that] degraded the proceedings of the joint session.’
Granger is the top Republican on the House appropriations committee. She said on Wednesday:
‘Speaker Pelosi’s actions last night were appalling and shameful. Regardless of her personal feelings, she had a responsibility to conduct herself with civility as the presiding officer representing the House of Representatives. She is not the Speaker of the Democrats, but of the People’s House.’
The vote was along party lines with Independent Representative Justin Amash (I-MI) voting with the Democrats in a procedural move to set the resolution aside, to table it, and halt the debate.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Pelosi, Drew Hammill, released a statement:
‘It is sad to see a senior Member, respected on both sides of the aisle, have to kneel at the altar of Trump in order to win her primary. That’s all this is about.’
Not only that, a foot soldier for Trump, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed an ethics complaint against the speaker. He attached a letter to the chair of the House Ethics Committee Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) and the House committee’s ranking Republican Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX). He wrote about a law that punished destroying specific official government records:
‘I’m filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump’s State of the Union speech. Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071).’
Hammill said that Gaetz was just being “frivolous:”
‘[It was] a frivolous stunt from a Congressman desperate to get back in the President’s good graces after he voted with Democrats and against the President on Iran.’
In her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi once again slammed Trump’s address and defended ripping it up afterward:
‘I tore up a manifesto of mistruths. It was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say, “This is not true. And this is how it affects you.” And I don’t need any lessons from anyone, especially the President of the United States, about dignity.’
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday at his Pen and Pad event that the tension on display at the State of the Union reveals an animosity that Democrats haven’t felt from any Republican presidents. He blamed Trump:
‘The author of animosity is Donald J. Trump. The author of confrontation is Donald J. Trump. The author of division is Donald J. Trump. There’s a lot of personal animosity the President has generated.’
Hoyer was still hopeful that the House Democrats could work in tandem with the White House on issues such as prescription drug prices and infrastructure:
‘This is not about personal feelings. It’s about the American people.’
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