Donald Trump has always played fast and loose with the truth, making up facts as he goes along. He does this, because he’s not doing politics in Washington, D.C., he’s doing a reality TV show, Apprentice: Presidential Edition. This is how his mind works, and this is as high as he can reach. To a seasoned political veteran like Nancy Pelosi, or simply to anybody with a sense of propriety, this is anathema. So she tore up his SOTU speech and here’s what she said Wednesday. The Hill:
“He shredded the truth so I shredded his speech,” Pelosi told House Democrats during a closed-door caucus meeting, according to sources in the room. Like she did the night before, she called his 90-minute address “a manifesto of mistruths.”
“You are supposed to talk about the State of the Union,” Pelosi continued, “not the State of your alleged mind.”
Trump, Pelosi said, “disrespected” the House chamber and used it as a “backdrop for a reality show… to give a speech that had no connection with reality.”
Apparently she did a slow burn, while listening to 78 minutes of hyperbolic fantasy about Trump’s accomplishments, the state of his alleged mind, indeed, 24/7.
“I didn’t go in there to tear up the speech, and I didn’t even care that he didn’t shake my hand. In fact, who cares?” Pelosi told her caucus, according to sources in the room. “But I’m a speed reader, so … I went like this through the speech. So I knew that it was a pack of lies. I knew it was a pack of lies, but I thought, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes.’
“About a quarter through it I thought, ‘You know – he’s selling a bill of goods like a snake oil salesman. We cannot let this stand,’” she said. “So, somewhere along the way realizing what was coming, I started to stack my papers in a way that were tear-able.”
A few short hours from now, Trump will be acquitted and then watch out — he’ll likely give the real state of the union address he wanted to give last night and which McConnell persuaded him not to. And who knows, Pelosi may replace Hillary in the “Lock her up” chants. That is how demented Trump is. And still the GOP goes along with it all, probably envying him and wishing that they could get away with what he does. I think that has to be the attraction and the fascination.