Early this morning, President Trump took to Twitter to attack Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her decision to hold off on sending his articles of impeachment to the Senate until she can ensure that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will give him a fair trial, a valid concern on her part given the fact that McConnell has already stated that he intends to coordinate with the White House to protect Trump. He cares nothing for the president’s gross abuses of power or what validating them through acquittal could mean for the future of our country. His sole concern is protecting the GOP and the figurehead of the frothing MAGA movement.
For the president, this creates a difficult political problem. Everyone knows he has been impeached and has become one of only three presidents in American history to be saddled with such an ignominious distinction. But since the Senate has yet to acquit him he’s prevented from claiming any kind of victory in the process. The frustration is clearly getting to him and in his tweet earlier today he accused Pelosi of giving him an “unfair trial” even though it’s only considered a trial in the Senate. He also accused her of “crying for fairness.” Both accusations are as ludicrous as the clown who made them.
Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019
Pelosi fired off a tweet herself this morning, not long before Trump did. She explained that the House won’t be able to select its all-important impeachment managers until they get a better picture of exactly how the trial will proceed in the Senate.
She correctly pointed out that the president blocked witnesses and documents during the House impeachment inquiry. In doing so he ignored subpoenas which is part of the reason why he has been charged with obstructing Congress.
“What is his excuse now?” she ended the tweet, a question which is sure to have infinite answers depending on which lie, smear, or distraction Trump favors at any given moment.
Clearly, Pelosi is neither impressed nor intimidated by the president’s ramshackle strategy. She is the ideal person to be facing him down at this moment in history and the United States is lucky to have her defending our interests against the worst president in history.
The House cannot choose our impeachment managers until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct.
President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House, and from the American people, on phony complaints about the House process. What is his excuse now?
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2019
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.