I couldn’t bring myself to watch today and instead went out to help my neighbors knock the snow off rhodies and bushes and trees. They spring up with such gratitude when relieved of their burden. I will refrain from making any metaphorical comments about us and our burdens. Too depressing. When I got back inside, I texted my friend Rebecca and said I wanted to share someone’s words tonight but, since I hadn’t been listening, it was a bit of a challenge to know whose. She wrote back immediately: Nancy Pelosi. Yes.
A cowardly group of Republicans
by Speaker Nancy Pelosi
What we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job and respect the institution in which they serve. Imagine that it would be vandalized, in so many bad ways that I won’t even go into here, and that they would not respect their institution. That the president of the Senate, Mike Pence—Hang Mike Pence was the chant—and they just dismissed that. Why? Because maybe they can’t get another job.
But why I came over was because I listened to Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell, who when this distinguished group of House managers were gathered, on January 15th, to deliver the Article of Impeachment, were told it could not be received because Mitch McConnell had shut down the Senate and was going to keep it shut down until the Inauguration.
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 before the Inauguration.
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? We censure people for using stationary for the wrong purpose. We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol.