On Saturday, senators voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on charges that he incited the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined other Democrats for a press conference in which she praised the House impeachment managers’ performance while directing an angry rant toward Republican senators.
“It had not been my intention to come to this press availability, however tempting it would be, to sing the praises of our House managers,” Pelosi said, according to a transcript from her office.
“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,” the speaker added.
Republicans acted “cowardly”
Pelosi angrily rebuffed suggestions that the former president should be subject to a censure motion after he beat the impeachment charges, and slammed those senators who voted to acquit as being “cowardly.”
“Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution that gives — lets everybody off the hook. It lets everybody off the hook,” she said.
The speaker continued: “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?”
Pelosi went on: “We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol.”
“Maybe they can’t get another job”
“That the President of the Senate, Mike Pence — ‘Hang Mike Pence’ was the chant and they just dismissed that,” Pelosi raged. “Why? Because maybe they can’t get another job.”
“What is so important about any one of us?” she demanded. “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?”
A statement from President Joe Biden adopted a slightly less irate but still melodramatic tone.
“This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile,” he asserted, adding that Americans must be “be ever vigilant” and ensure that “violence and extremism has no place in America.”