Last night, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t just formally impeach Donald Trump. She revealed that she won’t make a decision when or if to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she can assess whether Mitch McConnell is willing to hold a fair trial. It was a brilliant masterstroke, even if most of us did see it coming. Trump, for his part, apparently did not see it coming – and now he’s crying like a baby.
Donald Trump and his social media handlers have frantically filled his Twitter page with so many dozens of garbage retweets today, it can be difficult to dig back and find the handful of tweets that came from Trump’s own mouth. Trump initially tried pushing the laugh-out-loud notion that the Senate trial would simply take place without any House representation: “If the Do Nothing Democrats decide, in their great wisdom, not to show up, they would lose by Default!” But nothing works that way, and so Trump moved on to simply whining.
Trump posted this tweet: “I got Impeached last night without one Republican vote being cast with the Do Nothing Dems on their continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history. Now the Do Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with the Articles & not deliver them to the Senate, but it’s Senate’s call!” Then he screamed “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT” like a stooge.
Mitch McConnell, despite his usual bluster today, would probably love to not have to hold a Senate impeachment trial, considering how it could end up putting his Senate majority at risk in 2020. If Donald Trump wants a Senate acquittal, he’s going to have to pressure McConnell into doing it. That means McConnell would have to at least partially cave to Pelosi on the terms of the trial. Pelosi has the leverage here, and it looks like a pouting Trump has finally figured that out.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report