The public hearings for the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump officially kicked off yesterday and already the GOP is circling the drain, incapable of offering any kind of credible defense of the president.
With what we know already about Trump’s crooked behavior—specifically his efforts to exploit the powers of the Oval Office to strongarm Ukraine into opening a damaging investigation into Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election—makes it clear that he must be impeached. These hearings will hopefully serve to cement that perception for the American people.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi deserves appreciation for the coolheaded and clear-eyed manner in which she has approached this entire process. Democrats have made sure to take their time to accumulate and share the facts methodically and it’s finally paying off as the Republican Party drowns beneath the mountains of evidence and testimony arrayed against the president.
Earlier today, the Speaker held a press conference and hammered home the crucial reality that this inquiry isn’t some partisan stunt but instead an earnest attempt to uncover the truth. As usual, Pelosi was professional and measured but one couldn’t help but notice a barely hidden glee thrumming beneath the surface. Clearly, she’s enjoying her part in bringing down the worst president in American history. At one point in her remarks, she couldn’t resist the urge to take a jab at Trump.
“It’s called an inquiry and if the president has something that is exculpatory—Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence—then he should make that known and that’s part of the inquiry,” said the Speaker, taking an obvious shot at Trump’s intelligence and subpar vocabulary. “So far we haven’t seen that but we welcome it,” she added.
Pelosi then went on to explain that Democrats have not entered into impeachment proceedings lightly and that she recognizes this to be a serious and divisive undertaking, albeit a necessary one. She even said that Trump’s efforts to coerce a foreign power into aiding his reelection efforts and his subsequent efforts to cover it up “makes what Nixon did look almost small, almost small.” Hopefully, his presidency ends in the same way and he is forced to slink off in shame.
Watch the clips below.
PELOSI: "What President Trump has done on the record in terms of [the cover up] … makes what Nixon did look almost small." pic.twitter.com/yl7Gcv3c1I
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 14, 2019
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.