Boiling in Anger, Trump Loses It On Twitter As Pelosi Outsmarts Him On Every Turn
To say that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has outmaneuvered President Donald Trump and his allies is an understatement. She is actually playing them like a fiddle, and that fact is not sitting well with Trump who has spent his holiday break at his Mar-a-Lago resort firing tweets attacking Pelosi over his impeachment.
As of Friday, Trump had tweeted or retweeted messages about Pelosi more than 20 times since he left Washington for a two-week stint at his Palm Beach, Fla., resort, and he’s addressed her during two public appearances he has made on his vacation.
In particular, Trump has complained about Pelosi’s decision to hold off on sending articles of impeachment against the president to the GOP-controlled Senate until Democrats understand what the rules will be.
The thin-skinned president, who is hungry for vindication in a Senate trial, has attacked the Speaker as “crazy,” accused her of ignoring her “filthy” district in California and suggested she shouldn’t be allowed to impeach him without any support from Republican House members.
Trump has accused Democrats of treating him unfairly throughout the process and claimed they have no case, painting impeachment as a partisan exercise designed to damage him.
“She hates the Republican Party. She hates all of the people that voted for me and the Republican Party,” Trump told reporters Tuesday, following a video teleconference with U.S. troops, calling Pelosi “desperate.”
Pelosi has assumed a pivotal role in the three months since revelations about a whistleblower raising concerns about his dealings with Ukraine finally moved her to jumpstart a formal impeachment inquiry after months of resisting doing so despite calls from within her own caucus.
In that time, Trump’s attacks on her seem to have grown in fervency.
“He’s obviously angry about impeachment. Nobody wants to be impeached,” said Sam Nunberg, a former political adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, who argued Pelosi presents an ideal foil for Trump because of her low favorability rating among Republican-leaning voters.
Democratic strategists suspect Pelosi’s endgame in delaying the articles is twofold — she is seeking leverage over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to help Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader, press for a trial that isn’t tilted toward the president while biding time to see if more damaging information comes out.
“The president could say something or do something to dig himself into a deeper hole and created a situation where some Republicans may feel like they need to break ranks and convict the president on articles of impeachment because he has gone too far,” said Democratic strategist Basil Smikle.
But the Senate majority leader has shown no willingness to acquiesce to Democrats’ demands for witness testimony from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and others.
The Republican-held Senate is widely expected to acquit Trump on the articles of impeachment once a trial gets under way.
Still, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in a recent interview with local station KTUU said she was “disturbed” when she heard McConnell pledge full coordination with the White House, a signal there is at least some Republican discomfort with the appearance of the Senate conducting a trial that favors the president.
Murkowski, seen as one of a handful of swing Republican votes, also criticized the House process as rushed and said she hadn’t yet made up her mind on how she would vote.