Only hours after the House passed the impeachment inquiry framework, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show”. What better way could there be to prove how serious impeachment is being taken in the House than for the Speaker to allow herself to be the straight woman to Colbert’s anti-Trump zingers on national television?
The public hearings are of utmost interest to Stephen Colbert so he asked when they will begin at the start of the interview. Pelosi did as she often does in these interviews – she was coy. She answered, “Soon.” Colbert noted her vagueness and made a joke of it but this is what she does. Since the beginning of the Democrats’ dog and pony show, when Pelosi appears at conferences, summits, or forums, as well as on television shows, she is as vague as possible about the actual process. Public hearings will be late-night show gold for the likes of Colbert. He even jokingly (but not really) asked Pelosi to get the bulk of the scheduled during morning hours so that by early afternoon his staff will have video clips. Then the staff can edit the clips and be ready for the evening’s show taping. The impeachment hearings as seen through the lens of a late night show host is the ultimate Hollywood vanity.
Pelosi went into schoolmarm mode, as is also her habit during these interviews, and lectured about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. She said, “Nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president.” Interestingly enough, her dress didn’t catch on fire as she said that. This is a favorite line of hers as she tries to present impeachment as a necessity to uphold the Constitution, not the pursuit of a Democrat fever dream to overturn the 2016 presidential election. She really doesn’t want to move forward on impeachment, you see, but she just has to do it.
The first incident that comes to mind, of course, is freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and her participation in a MoveOn.org and New American Leaders party after she was sworn in. She took the mic and crudely gave what the audience wanted – her promise that President Trump will be impeached.
The T-shirts reference a story Tlaib recounted soon after being sworn into office in early January 2019 at a MoveOn.org and New American Leaders party. In an address that was filmed and later went viral, Tlaib recounted her son telling her, “‘Look, Mama, you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t because we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the mother (expletive).’”
She is even raising money over her less than acceptable language. She is selling t-shirts with the crude quote at $29.00 a pop on her website.
Lean in with me to hold this lawless President accountable. Together, we will fight back and protect our democracy.
Our country depends on it!
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 26, 2019
Who can forget Rep. Al Green’s fear of Trump’s re-election and his demand that impeachment be used to stop that? “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.”
A lot of Democrats ran on impeaching Trump in the 2018 election cycle. Rashida Tlaib is the most colorful example. The Mueller Report blew up in their faces so now House members have moved on to the alleged quid pro quo and Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky. There is a theme in the Democrat talking points and it is that there is no joy in beginning impeachment inquiries. It is a solemn duty.
“This is a sad thing for our country,” Pelosi said. “We do this prayerfully, with great seriousness. Nobody goes to Congress to impeach a president.”
Despite Colbert’s penchant for mocking Trump on a nearly nightly basis, Pelosi used her appearance on his show to echo the serious tone she took before the vote, when she called the inquiry “solemn” and argued it was “not cause for any glee or comfort.”
They don’t want to impeach Trump, they have to. It’s just all a bit too much. The icing on the cake was when Pelosi brought “the children” into the equation. This is also a common rally cry to push an item on the Democrat agenda. Just do it for the children, they say. Grandma Pelosi even promoted some political violence as she brought the little ones into the conversation. She told the host and audience that she is badass enough to fight Trump after Colbert asked if she’s prepared to take on a street fighter. Then she pointed to an award she was given Wednesday by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. She received the recognition for her years in public service. She told Colbert, “If you want to go into the arena, you have to be prepared to take a punch. But you also have to be prepared to throw a punch… for the children.”
Imagine the reaction of the cancel culture mob if the highest-ranking Republican called for punches to be thrown, metaphorically or not, oh, never mind. It just shows the utter hypocrisy in her words. She bemoans the fact that impeachment hearings are upon us because she doesn’t want the country to be further divided but she thinks impeachment will bring the country together. Or something. Good luck with that, Madame Speaker.