For months, Americans have watched Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accuse President Donald Trump of treason — but Trump got the last laugh.
In a wild victory speech on Thursday following his impeachment acquittal, Trump ripped the “horrible” Democrats for putting him, his family, and the country “through hell” with three years of hoaxes. Trump did not mince words in the speech, as he ripped the “bulls***t” Russia scandal, “dirty cops” and “sleazebag” James Comey, the fired FBI director.
Trump rips “vicious” Schiff, Pelosi in wild speech
Schiff and Pelosi spearheaded the failed impeachment, which fizzled out after five months of partisan shrieking about a phone call and military aid to a distant country bordering Russia. Trump’s acquittal on Wednesday left Democrats demoralized and Trump gloating just nine months before the November election.
No longer tethered by the polite conventions of his State of the Union address, Trump unloaded on the Democratic party, the “bulls***” Russia collusion hoax, and the Ukraine impeachment saga in a free-wheeling speech that Trump called a “celebration.” He skewered Pelosi, Schiff, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), James Comey, and other foes.
“These people are vicious. Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago,” Trump said.
The president was clearly incensed as he read aloud Pelosi’s comments from 2019, in which she warned that impeachment was “divisive” and required compelling proof. Ignoring her own warnings, Pelosi announced the launch of the impeachment in September, months after the Russian collusion hoax fell apart with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s underwhelming and scattered testimony.
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Pelosi appointed Schiff to be her top lieutenant, and he led the Democrats in the House and in the Senate, where he presented their case in the impeachment trial. Through it all, few Democrats attracted as much ire from Trump or his allies as Schiff, who made Trump particularly angry for improvising a made-up version of Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president.
Schiff prompted some speculation about his mental health with some of his arguments, which lapsed into the realm of fantasy — when they were not drawing from a puddle of sentimentality about a Constitution that Schiff clearly has never read. Most notably, Schiff (who once dreamt of being a screenwriter) warned that impeachment was necessary to stop a Russian invasion and prevent Trump from selling Alaska to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump mocks Pelosi over prayer claims
The moral preening of Pelosi and Schiff became an object of ridicule for Republicans, who insisted that Democrats had long planned to impeach Trump and had no reverence for God or the Constitution. At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, Trump took a jab at Romney, who had cited his faith in his decision to vote for Trump’s conviction, as well as Pelosi over her claims that she prayed for Trump throughout the impeachment “ordeal.”
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when you know that is not so,” Trump said.
At a press conference, Pelosi fired back that Trump knows “little” about faith and defended ripping Trump’s State of the Union speech in two on Tuesday night. Trump, in turn, quipped that Pelosi “may pray, but she prays for the opposite” of what would be good for him during his victory speech.
The Democrats are paying dearly now, as polls find that Trump’s approval ratings are tracking up — 49 percent in a Gallup survey, his highest rating ever in the poll — and Democrats scrambled to find a candidate strong enough to defeat Trump after an embarrassing meltdown at the Iowa caucuses on Monday. It can well be said that this was one of Trump’s best weeks ever.