California Democrat and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has taken aim at the Senate GOP after the majority of them voted to find the former President Donald Trump as ‘not guilty’ in his second impeachment trial.
Pelosi labeled the Senate Republicans as ‘cowards’, after the Democrats fell 10 votes short yesterday, a result that will allow the former President to run for office again in 2024.
What did the speaker say?
Speaker Pelosi, who attended a press conference with impeachment managers after the trial had concluded, slated the Senate Republicans, claiming that they were only interested in ‘political survival’, rather than upholding the Constitution of the United States, citing that the ‘cowardly group of Republicans’ had no other options as they looked to only defend their jobs and not the office that they serve.
Pelosi then took aim at the Minority Leader of the Senate, Republican senior Mitch McConnell, who voted ‘not guilty’ in the trial.
Yesterday, McConnell gave a speech in the Senate that many believed contradicted his vote, after he blasted the former President for being ‘practically and morally responsible for provoking the events’ that took place on January 6th.
He defended his position by citing that his issues with the trial came from the constitutionality of the entire proceedings, expressing concerns about convicting a former President.
McConnell’s speech sparked Nancy Pelosi to life, who wasn’t originally due to attend yesterday’s press conference.
Pelosi is angry with everyone!
She called out the apparent hypocrisy of the situation, claiming that the ‘very disingenuous’ speech by the Minority Leader ignored the fact that he was the one who delayed the start of the trial until Trump had left office, noting that he refused to accept the article of impeachment sooner.
Speaker Pelosi then shut down any suggestions by bipartisan Senators to ‘censure’ the former President, which many see as a lesser punishment than impeachment as it gives off a formal denouncement from the United States government against the former President Trump.
Pelosi quashed this suggestion, claiming that it would be ‘a slap in the face’ of the Constitution, citing that censuring someone is usually done when someone is caught ‘using stationary for the wrong purpose’.
She went on to attack Republicans, even more, saying that this suggestion would allow ‘these cowardly Senators’ who couldn’t stand up to the President to now get away with just giving him ‘a slap on the wrist’.
Yesterday, the Senate voted to acquit the former President from the charge of inciting an insurrection, 57-43, a result that displeases every Democrat.