For 82 minutes during President Trump’s State of the Union address last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shuffled papers, chewed on her lip, scowled and mostly kept her seat as the chamber erupted in applause over 100 times.
Keep in mind the Constitutional requirement is to “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union ….” The content of the address should, therefore, be factual. To meet that requirement, the president proceeded to report to us a number of improvements over the past 36 months.
And so it went for 82 minutes, factual data describing today’s state of the Union.
What is wrong with Speaker Pelosi? Since 2007, Pelosi has been either the minority leader in the House or, when in the majority, speaker of the House.
From 2007 through 2016, all of the economic, foreign policy, trade and national security issues enumerated in Trump’s remarks were, in fact, real problems. This is not to say that those were Pelosi’s fault, but for sure she was not instrumental in adopting solutions to any of them.
Beginning 36 months ago, Trump turned all the problems into success stories. Pelosi’s role has been to lead the “resistance,” plus 2½ years working to impeach the president. During the impeachment fiasco, Trump’s overall approval rating went up 10 percent.
Given all that, how depressing, frustrating, agonizing must it have been for Pelosi to sit there listening to the actual State of the Union as she sat on her hands and chewed her lower lip?
Nothing is right in Pelosi’s world right now.
Additionally, during the president’s address she demonstrated how callous and uncaring she can be. The president’s guest list:
n Tony Rankins, a down-and-out drug addict who lost everything, is now sober with a good job and reunited with his family.
n The touching story of 100-year old Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee.
n Fourth-grader Janiyah Davis and her single mom, Stephanie, striving to get into a better school. The president promised her an opportunity scholarship to attend a school of choice.
n Rush Limbaugh, recently diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
n The amazing 2-year-old Ellie, who was born at 21 weeks and survived, in attendance with her mother, Robin.
n An illegal immigrant in a sanctuary city in a sanctuary state murdered Rocky Jones, an innocent bystander. His grieving brother Jody was there as a guest of the president.
n The president honored military spouse Amy Williams and her two young children, who were suddenly joined by their husband/father, Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams, home from his fourth deployment. It was the longest applause of the evening.
Every story was heart-wrenching, yet Pelosi sat on her hands unsmiling, not looking at those being honored. It was disgusting to watch.
When President Trump finished his address, Pelosi promptly stood up, ripped her copy of the speech in half and departed the House Chamber. When asked her why she had ripped up the speech, she replied, “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”
Pelosi is in a failed state of mind. She is not a leader; she is a person obsessed with power in a leadership position. By most accounts, Pelosi is vindictive, power hungry, obsessed with hate and is leading many Democrats in exactly the wrong direction. She is the leader of a debilitating culture of blame and hate in this country.
Pelosi is a leader only to the extent that her example influences her followers. Unfortunately, her unforgivable behavior at the State of the Union has further influenced millions of progressive Democrat Trump-haters. She and they are blinded by hate to the positive things going on across our great country.
She has moments of good thoughts; for example, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”
Those thoughts vanished, hatred and obsession took over, and doing what is in the best interest of the American people became a distant after-thought. Her hatemonger rhetoric rings hollow.
After taking an objective look at the actual state of our Union, if you are a disciple of Speaker Pelosi, I have two questions for you. One, can you recite a specific list of positive accomplishments that Pelosi has advocated for over the past 36 months?
Secondly, can you find it in your heart to love your country more than you hate President Trump?
Lt. Gen. Marvin L. Covault, U.S. Army (ret.) is the author of “Vision to Execution,” a book for leaders.