A tightly wound Nancy Pelosi prefacing her love for the Constitution, and her awesome responsibility as Speaker of the House, tasked earlier with the unenviable duty of officially calling for the impeachment of the President. Completed her scheduled Thursday news conference without a hitch, and was about to walk out, when she suddenly stopped to berate Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen for having the audacity in asking the 79-year old besieged Speaker, as she was leaving the press briefing if she hated the President.
Pelosi who usually seems robotic and ill-at-ease in front of the mic, and at times nervously stammering through a sentence, suddenly became animated, while rushing back to the podium.
“I don’t hate anybody,” Pelosi said. She then accused Rosen of accusing her of hating the President.
Moments later she suddenly turned her anger towards the President, the person she only seconds ago claimed not to hate.
“That has nothing to do with it. I think the President is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence,” she continued. “I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our DREAMers, of which we’re very proud. I think he is in denial about the climate crisis. However, that is about the election.”
She continued becoming more erratic and unhinged, “This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the President’s violation of his oath of office and as a Catholic I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in the sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the President. And I still pray for the President. I pray for the President all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
Earlier in the morning, Pelosi had made it official that she was moving forward with impeachment, calling on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to draw up articles of impeachment for a vote, scheduled for Monday.
“The President leaves us no choice but to act,” Pelosi said. “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment.”
Adding, “The President’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution—especially when he says and acts upon the belief Article 2 says I can do whatever I want. No,” she continued. “The President abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.”
However, in March the Speaker had set some guidelines for impeachment, suggesting that impeachment was too divisive for the country and should only proceed with bipartisan support, which obviously she doesn’t have. In fact two Democrats have gone on the record voting against impeachment.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pelosi was emphatic regarding the divisive nature of impeachment.
“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
So what’s changed?
The Speaker has been under assault from the moment Democrats won back the House, from a relentless extremist element within her Party. The likelihood that the 31 vulnerable Democrats who won in Republican districts during the midterm election, will lose their seats in 2020, if they vote for impeachment is almost assured…along with Nancy’s gavel.