When it comes to impeachment, Nancy Pelosi is playing President Donald Trump like the proverbial fiddle.

The Speaker of the House is refusing to turn over two articles of impeachment to the Senate until her counterpart in the upper chamber, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) until he agrees to lay out exactly what he has planned for the upcoming trial.

Two former aides to George W. Bush, however, think Pelosi has another reason for not moving quickly to the Senate trial.

Paul Rosenzweig, who served as the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy assistant secretary for policy, put forth this theory on Twitter:

That led David Frum, who was a speechwriter for Bush, to expand on what Rosenzweig had said, noting during an appearance on MSNBC:

“If there’s been a trial and there’s been a sham hearing and the Senate has slapped together an acquittal, imagine the tone of President Trump on the 4th of February: triumphal, obnoxious, overbearing, ‘I win, I win, you lose, you lose.’

“If the impeachment is still pending on the 4th of February, can you imagine how insane that State of the Union is going to be?”

Frum then echoed what his former colleague had said:

“It’s going to be an hour of paranoia and grievance and narcissism of a kind that is going to terrify, as Paul suggests, that will terrify even many of his supporters. So if it’s not wrapped up by the 4th of February, that could have very dramatic consequences.”


Nancy Pelosi knows how to push Trump’s buttons, and as we may see in February at the State of the Union, she may have just laid the perfect opportunity for him to self-destruct on national television, all but guaranteeing he loses badly come the 2020 election.

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