The Nancy Pelosi Theater Company experienced some technical difficulties during President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday when some of the actors appeared to forget the script.
Wearing a black dress to mark the “solemn” day, Pelosi (D-CA) had directed her merry band of players not to look so cheerful amid Trump’s impeachment, the New York Post reported — despite the fact that the Dems had finally accomplished their years-long goal.
“Don’t cheer, keep it solemn” was the message Pelosi wanted to send, one Democrat aide told the Post.
A “solemn” day
Pelosi set the tone for the day with an opening statement reiterating how badly Democrats did not want to impeach Donald Trump.
“Today, as speaker of the House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States,” Pelosi said to start the proeceedings, according to CBS News.
Democrats received direct orders to look sad amid the proceedings, according to Axios — but the actors apparently couldn’t resist breaking character. When Democrats began applauding after the passage of article one, Pelosi shushed them, looking visibly annoyed.
Meanwhile, one of the most zealous impeachment supporters, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — whose vow to “impeach the mother*****r” introduced her to most Americans — didn’t even bother pretending to conceal her joy in a viral video that caught Trump’s attention.
A most unconvincing spectacle
For more experienced actors in the mainstream media, it was a funereal occasion indeed. With studied seriousness, major news outlets took care to highlight how the impeachment would leave Trump’s presidency with a “permanent mark,” despite Trump’s likely acquittal in the Senate — although some journalists for The Washington Post awkwardly deleted a tweet that showed them celebrating “impeach-mas” over drinks, Fox News reported.
But many conservatives were left saying it was the Democrats whose demise was being commemorated, with many arguing that Pelosi’s impeachment had sealed Trump’s re-election. Trump himself predicted that in a blistering letter to Pelosi on Tuesday in which he called out the House speaker for putting on a phony display of somber reluctance that “no intelligent person” could be expected to believe.
“You apparently have so little respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly. No intelligent person believes what you are saying,” Trump wrote. “I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election.”
Despite Pelosi’s sad display, the speaker adopted a different tone exactly a day later, saying that impeachment put a “spring” in people’s steps, according to the Associated Press. Later, Pelosi invited criticism for saying that Democrats may not send articles of impeachment to the Senate until they extract a “fair” process from Republicans, apparently with a view to establishing terms more favorable to Trump’s conviction.
But if she wants Americans to believe her facade, Pelosi had better invest in some better actors — and a halfway decent screenwriter in the meantime.