Nancy Pelosi Calls Mitch McConnell ‘Pathetic’ for Acquitting Donald Trump
Following former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment acquittal in the United States Senate on Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tore into Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for letting Trump off the hook for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.
“The Congress and Country can take great pride in the House Impeachment Managers, who defended our Constitution and our Democracy in the Senate with a moving and masterful presentation that demonstrated extraordinary love of country and loyalty to our oath and the facts,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Our House Managers laid out a case of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of this searing truth: that Donald Trump incited a violent mob to attack the Capitol and then refused to intervene to stop the attack, even as his mob threatened to ‘hang Mike Pence,'” the Speaker said, alluding to threats that were made by the rioters against the ex-vice president’s life.
“Donald Trump’s incitement of insurrection against our Democracy put Senators, Members of Congress, staff, and heroic law enforcement officers in mortal danger. It is the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a president and is clearly deserving of conviction. A President must be held accountable from their first day in office until their last day in office,” the statement read.
Pelosi credited the seven GOP Senators who broke ranks to vote to convict Trump, even though the final tally was ten votes shy of the 67 required for a conviction:
Today an overwhelming bipartisan vote to convict Donald Trump speaks to the courage of the United States Senate. I salute the Republican Senators who voted their conscience and for our Country. Other Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold Trump accountable for igniting a violent insurrection to cling to power will go down as one of the darkest days and most dishonorable acts in our nation’s history.
McConnell, Pelosi noted, rigged the game from the start:
On January 15, the House Impeachment Managers were gathered to deliver the Article of Impeachment. They were told that because the Senate was closed the Article could not be received. It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the Article of Impeachment and has used that as his excuse for not voting to convict Donald Trump.
“Thank God” for the decent Republicans who stood up to Trump, Pelosi concluded:
Tragically, Senate Republicans who voted not to convict chose to abandon the Constitution, the Country and the American people with this vote. Thank God for the judges and Republican elected officials across the country who pushed back against Donald Trump’s attempted overturning of our election which fueled the insurrection.