In a scathing op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) notes that Republicans in Congress are “accomplices” to President Donald Trump’s crimes and must take responsibility for allowing Trump to get away with acts that are a direct threat to the Constitution.
Pelosi begins by warning that both Trump and his GOP protectors are betraying the very document they are supposed to preserve, protect, and defend at all costs:
“For more than 200 years, our republic has endured, not only because of the wisdom of our Founders and the brilliance of our Constitution, but because of the generations of patriotic Americans who have had the courage to risk their lives to defend it. But, tragically, the American people have watched President Trump and Republicans in Congress dismantle the Constitution that we cherish.”
The House Speaker also praises the job Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) did as leader of the House managers who presented the case against Trump to the Senate and reminds readers that the president was accused of trying to rig an election, one of the worst crimes of all:
“President Trump abused the power of his office to pressure a foreign power to help him cheat in an American election. And when he was caught, the president launched an unprecedented coverup to block Congress from holding him accountable. The president’s actions undermined our national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections and violated the Constitution.”
But it’s what Pelosi says about Republicans in the Post op-ed that’s sure to draw the most attention:
“For weeks, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican-controlled Senate have made themselves accomplices to the president’s wrongdoing by suppressing additional evidence and rejecting the most basic elements of a fair judicial process. In declaring their loyalty to the president over our Constitution, Republicans have made a farce of the old boast that the U.S. Senate is the greatest deliberative body in the world. And they have joined the president in normalizing lawlessness and rejecting the checks and balances of our Constitution.”
The Speaker’s op-ed ends with a clear warning that she and her colleagues are far from done with Trump:
“The People’s House will continue to defend democracy for the American people. We will uphold and protect the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution, both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion to preserve our republic ‘if we can keep it,’ to quote Benjamin Franklin. And we will always insist on this truth: that, in America, no one is above the law.”
Trump has more than met his match in Nancy Pelosi. She’s not afraid to confront him and call him out for his disgusting attacks on the foundations of this republic, and it may well be that her refusal to bow to him will eventually succeed in bringing him down.
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