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Nancy Pelosi Is Tearing Apart America

Posted on | February 5, 2020 | No Comments


Everybody — and I do mean everybody — is talking this morning about Nancy Pelosi’s shocking gesture at the end of last night’s State of the Union Address, when she tore up the text of President Trump’s speech. It was rude and childish. My wife, a very polite Christian grandmother who generally doesn’t pay attention to politics, said of Pelosi’s tantrum: “How does she think this makes her look like the grown-up?”

President Trump’s approval rating is at an all-time high, the Democrats can’t even manage to count the votes in the Iowa caucus, yet Nancy Pelosi believes she can achieve . . . something, whatever was in her deranged mind, by ostentatiously disrespecting our Commander-in-Chief?

The speech itself was overwhelmingly positive and optimistic, full of patriotic sentiment, and insofar as Trump’s speech might have angered Democrats, the offense was a matter of policy, e.g., his criticism of “sanctuary city” laws and his advocacy of immigration limits. While one can understand that opponents of the president’s policy agenda would dislike hearing him advocate these policies from “the bully pulpit,” it did not deserve Pelosi’s disrespectful gesture. My hunch (and it is only a hunch) is that this was pre-meditated, something she had made up her mind to do before she ever saw a copy of the speech.

The net impact? Trump wins, Nancy loses.

“Whatever his faults and virtues,” says Stephen Green, “all magnified by his own boosterism and the press’s funhouse magnifying glass, Trump is unreservedly and unabashedly pro-American. A gung-ho patriot, delivering a gung-ho patriotic speech. Like running into an old friend after years and years apart, that’s something you maybe didn’t realize how much you missed until it was right there in front of you again.”

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