During a Thursday press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unexpectedly resorted to name-calling and what appeared to be an attempt at improv comedy. She may have been feeling flustered after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went after her in a biting speech earlier in the day.
Pelosi calls McConnell the “Grim Reaper”
“What is amusing to me is the leader over there was saying, ‘If she doesn’t send me the articles of impeachment, I’m going to pass the US-Mexico-Canada agreement,'” Pelosi said, awkwardly bobbing her head and deepening her voice to mimic McConnell.
“Okay,” Pelosi said, “that’s good news for all of us.” The bizarre performance came after Pelosi had likened McConnell to the “Grim Reaper.”
McConnell rips Democrat impeachment drama
Her words may have been in response to an earlier speech on Thursday in which McConnell took Pelosi and her caucus to task over impeachment.
“After weeks of delay, Mr. Speaker, the speaker of the House decided yesterday that a trial could finally go forward,” the Senate Majority Leader began his speech.
“She signed the impeachment papers. That took place, Madam President, at a table with a political slogan stuck on to it. And they posed — they posed — afterwards for smiling photos,” he continued.
“And the speaker distributed souvenir pens, souvenir pens, to her own colleagues emblazoned with her golden signature that literally came in on silver platters. Golden pens on silver platters,” McConnell reiterated. “A souvenir to celebrate the moment.”
“I seem to remember Democrats falling over themselves to say they did not see impeachment as a long-sought political win. House Democrats said over and over that they recognized the gravity and the seriousness of this action. And of course, they had only come to it reluctantly.”
A “transparently partisan performance”
“Well, nothing says seriousness and sobriety like handing out souvenirs,” the Kentucky Republican remarked dryly. “As though this were a happy bill-signing instead of the gravest process in our Constitution.”
“This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual. It was a transparently partisan performance from beginning to end.”
“That’s why they sped through a slap-dash inquiry in 12 weeks when previous presidential impeachments came after months if not years of investigations and hearings,” he concluded.