When not disparaging Donald Trump, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called for peace and unity in the wake of his inauguration — a call that many feel has been undermined by the concerted push from congressional Democrats to impeach his predecessor over the former president’s alleged role in inciting a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just put an end to any speculation that she may share those concerns, however. According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi suggested Wednesday that impeaching Trump is exactly what’s needed to unite the nation following the Capitol attack.
“I’m not worried about that,” Pelosi told reporters when asked about harming the message of “unity” that Dems have been pushing, according to the Examiner. “The fact is, the president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, ‘Oh, let’s just forget it and move on.'”
She went on: “That’s not how you unify.”
“Harmful to unity”
Pelosi also flatly dismissed Wednesday the notion that impeachment is no longer a constitutional remedy to address alleged wrongdoing by Donald Trump, since he’s now a private citizen and not the commander-in-chief.
“Just because he’s now gone — thank God — you don’t get to say to a president, ‘Do whatever you want in the last months of your administration,'” Pelosi insisted, as the Examiner reported. “‘You’re going to get a get-out-of-jail card free because people think we should make nice-nice and forget that people died here on Jan. 6,'” she added.
“I think that would be harmful to unity,” Pelosi said of dropping the single impeachment charge against the former president, according to Breitbart.
“Joe Biden said it beautifully. If we’re going to unite, you must remember that we must, we must bring this — look, that’s our responsibility to uphold the integrity of the Congress of the United States,” she said. “That’s our responsibility, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that is what we will do.”
“Purely politically driven”
Of course, not everybody sees it that way. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has said Trump bears some responsibility for what occurred on Jan. 6, the California Republican told Fox News that the impeachment effort is “totally wrong” and stands in contrast to the message of unity being put forward by Democrats, including the new president.
“I think impeachment is totally wrong,” McCarthy said Thursday, according to Fox. “It was purely politically driven.”
He went on: “What they were doing on impeachment with having no committee look at it, no information, and people just vote on this. And now President Trump is a private citizen. Why would you spend your time on this?”
It remains to be seen when — or even if — former President Trump will face an impeachment trial in the Senate over his alleged “incitement” of an “insurrection,” the conviction of which would almost certainly result in him being disqualified from ever holding federal office again.