A shaking, frenzied, freaked out Pelosi appeared for a press conference after the massive embarrassment of President Trump’s second acquittal, railing against officials who are ‘chosen’ to be representatives by ruling elites.
The Epoch Times reported:
She implied that censuring Trump would be similar to giving “a little slap on the wrist.”
“We censure people for using stationaries for the wrong purpose. You don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol,” she added.
Pelosi made the remarks during a surprise visit to the House impeachment managers during a press conference after the Senate acquitted the former president.
She seemed furious about the result of the impeachment trials. She slapped on the table several times and criticized the senators who voted against the conviction as a “cowardly group of Republicans.”
The Senate voted to acquit Trump in a 57:43 vote. All Democrats and seven Republicans voted to convict him. The Republicans who voted across the party line include Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Trump said in a statement after his acquittal that he will uphold the rule of law.
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate,” he said.
Meanwhile, he stated again that the Make America Great Again movement “has only just begun.”
“In the months ahead, I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” read the statement.
The Senate was able to move forward in the impeachment trial after an unexpected call for witnesses from the House impeachment managers.
Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) stated earlier in the day that they wanted to call witnesses because of an alleged phone call between House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Trump on Jan. 6.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) alleged in a statement that Trump hesitated to call off the riots at the request of McCarthy during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
Trump allegedly believed it was Antifa that had breached the Capitol in the first place.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” he reportedly told McCarthy after McCarthy reportedly refuted the Antifa narrative.
The Epoch Times could not independently verify Beutler’s statement.
Trump and McCarthy’s offices didn’t respond to requests for comment from The Epoch Times.
The Senate had initially approved the call for witnesses with a 55:45 vote but was able to reach a deal to avoid a potential extended trial.
The Senate, House impeachment managers, and former Trump’s counsels then agreed to enter Beutler’s statement into the record of Trump’s impeachment trial as evidence without subpoenaing witnesses for the trial.
The trial moved to the closing arguments phase after the deal was reached.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., experienced a veritable meltdown after the Senate failed to convict former President Donald Trump at the conclusion of his trial Saturday.
In an impromptu press briefing held afterward, the House leader flounced around while shrieking about the “cowardly senators,” slamming podiums and flashing her thumb.
The briefing began normal enough, with the speaker strutting into the room equipped with her ostentatious mask, ready to lavishly praise the House impeachment managers on behalf of virtually everybody on Earth, including even her grandchildren.
“I have to say, personally, on behalf of my grandchildren who drew great hope and inspiration from each and every one of you, we could not be prouder of your patriotic presentations, the clarity with which you presented and, again, the inspiration you have been to so many people, so I thank you for that,” she said.
What triggered her into a meltdown was when, after she’d finished speaking and begun walking away from the podium, a reporter asked her whether censuring Trump is a viable alternative option, given as Republicans are open to it.
Pelosi abruptly performed a 180, angrily stomped to the podium, slapped it with her hand and then flung her thumb out like a maniac as she began ranting.
“Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution that gives, lets everybody off the hook. It lets everybody off the hook,” she huffed and puffed.
“Oh, these cowardly Senators who couldn’t face up to what the President did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist? We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol.”
As for the dubious claim that Trump was responsible for “inciting [an] insurrection,” the majority of Republican senators who voted to acquit him did so because they believe this accusation is grossly false.
One of those senators, Ted Cruz, explained in a statement after the vote that while “Donald Trump used heated language,” “he did not urge anyone to commit acts of violence.”
“The legal standard for incitement is very high and it is clear by the results of this vote that the House Managers failed to present a coherent standard for incitement,” Cruz added.
Plus, had Trump been convicted for incitement, then a large number of Democrats — including Pelosi — would have been eligible for their own impeachment and conviction considering their history of incendiary rhetoric.
Returning to the speaker’s press conference, she spent most of it ranting about the “cowardly Republicans” who’d voted earlier that afternoon against humoring the Democrats’ allegation that Trump had incited the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“[W]hat we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job, respect the institution in which they serve. Imagine that it would be vandalized in so many bad ways that I won’t even go into here, and that they would not respect their institution,” she kvetched.
“That the President of the Senate, Mike Pence – ‘Hang Mike Pence’ was the chant and they just dismissed that,” Pelosi continued. “Why? Because maybe they can’t get another job. What is so important about any one of us? What is so important about the political survival of any one of us that is more important than our Constitution that we take an oath to protect and defend?”
It’s not clear how Republicans voting in favor of an unconstitutional conviction, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described it in his own post-vote speech, would have helped them maintain their oath to protect & defend the Constitution.