The Democrats need all the help they can get as they push to garner support for their impeachment of Donald Trump, and a number of prominent politicians have taken it upon themselves to manufacture watershed moments to hang their hats on.
Yesterday, for instance, was a day of rage for the Democratic Party.
Former Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at a 2020 voter during a town hall meeting after the attendee mentioned UkraineGate and Hunter Biden, calling the man a “damn liar” and approaching him menacingly.
Earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her own moment of tension after a reporter mentioned the words of Georgia Rep. Doug Collins on Wednesday, in stating that the reason for impeachment was simply that the Democrats “hate” President Trump. Pelosi then went on a rash and bitter tirade, scolding the reporter for insinuating that she “hates” anyone. The moment went viral after Pelosi took the dialogue down to a 4th grade level with a “don’t mess with me” and a walk-off.
Pelosi’s hangup was very much on the word “hate”…at least yesterday it was. That wasn’t so much the case when Bill Clinton was facing impeachment.
When then-President Bill Clinton was being impeached in 1998, she accused Republicans of impeaching with “vengeance” and being “paralyzed with hatred” of the Democratic president.
“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance,” then-House Minority Leader Pelosi declared in December 1998.
She continued, “In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear – fairness, privacy, checks and balances – have been seriously violated, and why? Because we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton. … Until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred, our country will suffer.”
Pelosi’s Thursday tantrum came amid concerns that Democratic support for impeachment was wavering, particularly after the Republicans made a concerted effort to remind the nation of Madam Speaker’s previous insistence that the process only continue with overwhelming bipartisan support…a characteristic that certainly isn’t featured in this current incarnation.
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