In Op-Ed, Pelosi Slams Republicans for ‘Normalizing Lawlessness’ and Making a ‘Farce’ of the Senate

In Op-Ed, Pelosi Slams Republicans for ‘Normalizing Lawlessness’ and Making a ‘Farce’ of the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) penned an op-ed in The Washington Post late Friday in which she criticized Republicans for their handling of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

“For weeks, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the Republican-controlled Senate have made themselves accomplices to the president’s wrongdoing by suppressing additional evidence and rejecting the most basic elements of a fair judicial process,” Pelosi wrote.

“In declaring their loyalty to the president over our Constitution, Republicans have made a farce of the old boast that the U.S. Senate is the greatest deliberative body in the world. And they have joined the president in normalizing lawlessness and rejecting the checks and balances of our Constitution.”

The Senate on Wednesday voted to acquit Trump of two articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the sole Republican to vote to convict the president of either charge.

“Sadly, because of the Republican Senate’s betrayal of the Constitution, the president remains an ongoing threat to American democracy,” the speaker added. “He continues to insist that he is above accountability and that he can corrupt the elections again if he wants to.”

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.