Panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe television program were laughing out loud this morning after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that President Donald Trump was not worthy of impeachment.
In comments yesterday Speaker Pelosi dismissed the president as “unfit” for office, but she also said that impeachment was too divisive for the country. She said she didn’t want to risk creating divisiveness due to Trump. “He’s just not worth it,” she said.
Pelosi was criticized by some of her fellow House Democrats for her comments, but the Morning Joe panelists agreed that the veteran lawmaker was making a shrewd political calculation.
They also said they believed that Pelosi’s comments would be driving Trump crazy.
“There’s also some dismissiveness there that you kind of have to acknowledge,” said Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent of the PBS NewsHour. Then she added:
“President Trump, as much as he likes to beat up on the media, he likes to watch himself. He likes to watch people talking about him, and he likes the idea thinking of himself as this orbit, this sun that everybody is rotating around.”
“Nancy Pelosi saying, ‘That guy in the White House, I’m not worried about him, I’m doing my own thing’ — that has to drive the president nuts.”
Alcindor also said that the president appears to hold some respect for Speaker Pelosi, which probably made her words sting Trump even more.
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski also said she approves of Pelosi’s political instincts, saying:
“Again and again, Nancy Pelosi has proven that she is as clever as she is tough.”
“She has now dismissed both the left’s obsession with a dangerous and likely doomed effort to impeach Trump, and Trump himself, driving him crazy. Pelosi basically told the Washington Post this man is not worthy of the office he holds and you kind of just have to work around him, and he’s not worth dividing the country over anymore. It’s true — he’s not.”
Back in January Pelosi gave a television interview where she said with respect to impeachment that “we have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. We shouldn’t be impeaching for political purposes.”
Brzezinski also pointed out that two key Democratic House committee chairs — Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee — came out in support of the Speaker’s position.
“The evidence is not there yet for impeachment,” Schiff told NBC News.
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