The impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump could be viewed as a colossal waste of time and resources, for the simple fact there was never a realistic chance he could be convicted. The votes just were not there in the Senate to get it done, and almost everyone knew it a long time ago.
That reality did not stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming a raging tornado as she crashed, yes, literally walked in un-invited to the House impeachment managers’ post-trial press conference in a full-on temper tantrum.
In her crosshairs; Mitch McConnell and the Republicans whose “cowardly” vote to acquit Trump on the final day of the Senate trial. “What we saw today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job – respect the institution in which they serve. But why I came over was because I listened to Mitch McConnell. So for him to get up there and make this indictment against the president and then say, ‘but I can’t vote for it because it’s after the fact. The fact that he established! The fact that he established that it could not be delivered after the inauguration.”
What she is referring to is when McConnell went on the Senate floor shortly after the votes came up short for the two-thirds vote needed for conviction, and stated that Congress no longer has jurisdiction over Trump because he is out of office.
Pelosi wasn’t done. She was asked about censuring the ex-president, which really set her off.
“Oh these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist.” (She slapped her wrist when she said this)
“We censure people for using stationary for the wrong purpose,’ she said, (picking up a few pieces of paper laying on the podium.)
“We don’t censure people for inciting insurrections.”