Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be remembered as the House speaker who destroyed her own legacy and also her party with impeachment, President Trump said in a blistering letter Tuesday.
Pulling no punches, Trump said that Pelosi will go down in history for debasing the House of Representatives into “a Star Chamber of partisan persecution.” The president ripped the Democrats’ impeachment push as an “open war on American democracy” and an insult to the American people that history will “judge harshly.”
“It is a terrible thing you are doing,” Trump said, “but you will have to live with it, not I!”
History’s harsh judgment
Pelosi had long warned of the damage a partisan impeachment would do to the country prior to her sudden reversal in September, when she announced that Democrats would launch an inquiry over Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. But she was also sensitive to the political risks of taking the dramatic step, mindful of how the Republicans’ impeachment of Bill Clinton backfired.
But that is all in the past now, and Pelosi will have to accept whatever comes the way of her party, Trump said in a scorching missive. Trump excoriated Pelosi for ignoring her own warnings to divide the country with a shameful impeachment in a desperate political power grab that is “unequaled” in the annals of American history.
You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.
The president warned that Pelosi was setting her party up for electoral failure in 2020 and that history would remember her for running roughshod over the Constitution in an attempt to overturn the will of the American people, saying that “you view democracy as your enemy!” Trump pointed to Pelosi’s recent admission that Democrats’ impeachment effort has been ongoing for “two and a half years” as proof-positive that Democrats have “never recovered” from the 2016 election.
“I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election,” Trump predicted. “They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power.”
The letter comes on the eve of a full House vote to impeach President Trump. Long-sought by Democrats, this moment has nevertheless failed to inspire either bipartisan support or the kind of solemn reverence suited to such an “historic” event.
Some have begun to doubt the storied reputation of Pelosi as a political chess-master as polls show support for Trump increasing in key battleground states, something of which the president took note in his letter. Trump also slammed Pelosi for insulting the intelligence of the American people by pretending to pray for him in a phony display of solemnity.
“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,” Trump wrote. “No intelligent person believes what you are saying.”
With impeachment soon moving to the trial stage in the Senate — and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaling that he will move swiftly towards acquittal — Trump is on a fast track to vindication, leaving Pelosi and the Democrats with the burden of a politically failed, partisan impeachment. But it’s too late to back out now.
“Look at yourself and others. Do not take our country down with your party,” Trump urged.