CNN asked Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) earlier this week about whether or not she felt Trump acted inappropriately in the July call with Ukrainian president Zelensky. Instead of playing CNN’s “gotcha” games, Ernst took a wait and see approach, stating she needed to see all the facts first when the time comes for the Senate to play their part instead of just relying on (biased) media reports.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with Ernt’s comments, and chided Republicans like Ernst for having the audacity to want to see all information first before drawing any definitive conclusions. Here’s what Pelosi tweeted out Thursday:
Republicans are now refusing to answer the simplest question: whether it’s acceptable for a president to pressure foreign countries to undermine our elections.
American elections should be decided by Americans, not by “favors” from foreign governments.https://t.co/wrx4NhPT48
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 10, 2019
The irony of Nancy Pelosi talking about how elections should be decided by Americans rubbed Ernst the wrong way, and she absolutely let Pelosi have it:
Actually, American elections should be decided by ELECTIONS. Not politicians. I know you’re still upset about the results from 2016, but people here in Iowa would sure appreciate it if you spent less time playing political games and actually brought #USMCAnow up for a vote. https://t.co/YM07a1MXbl
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) October 10, 2019
I believe that was the Iowa equivalent of “bless your heart.”
Ernst is right. Prominent Republicans in the House are making it clear this is a show trial/”clown show” type of impeachment inquiry because they’ve seen more of the evidence and witness testimony, in spite of the fact that they’ve deliberately been excluded from large parts of the process because Pelosi won’t hold an actual floor vote on an inquiry.
Senators don’t have access to all of the same information yet, even though they’ll get their chance soon enough the way everything appears to be going.
Democrats have spent the entirety of Trump’s time in office – and even before he was elected – crafting ways for him to be impeached. They’ve used the threat of impeachment as a political tool to settle their political differences with Republicans and Trump. Impeachment was not meant to be used for that purpose. That’s what elections are for.
Pelosi, who this time around is leading the impeachment effort and who called for the inquiry before the actual transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky was even released, is the very last person who should be lecturing anyone on how elections should be decided.
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