President Donald Trump was up early on Tuesday, firing tweets on all cylinders against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling her “CRAZY!” and accusing her of wanting to “change our voting system” after she called his dealings with Ukraine an abuse of power.
“Nancy Pelosi just stated that ‘it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump’s fate.’ @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I’m going to win and doesn’t want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al Green, she wants to change our voting system,” he claimed in an early morning tweet, “Wow, she’s CRAZY!” Trump added.
The Washington Post noted that Trump’s quote appeared to be similar to comments by Fox News chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel instead of Pelosi.
Emanuel said late Monday that “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circulated a memo to Democrats tonight telling them it would be dangerous to let voters decide President Trump’s fate when it comes to the Ukraine investigation.”
That’s a gross mischaracterization of what Pelosi said.
Pelosi in a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Democratic caucus on Monday criticized the Republican argument that Trump’s future should be determined by the 2020 election rather than impeachment. She argued that it is up to the House to investigate possible wrongdoing by the president.
“The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests. The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide,’” she wrote.
“That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections,” she added.
Trump’s tweet comes ahead of another day of public impeachment hearings on Tuesday, in which Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council (NSC) Ukraine specialist, and former special envoy to Kyiv Kurt Volker are slated to testify. Tim Morrison, the senior director of European and Russian affairs at the NSC, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are also scheduled to testify.
Nancy Pelosi just stated that “it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump’s fate.” @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I’m going to win and doesn’t want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al Green, she wants to change our voting system. Wow, she’s CRAZY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2019