Nancy Pelosi on Trump: ‘You’re – you’re – why do you need to keep your hand on your pocketbook’

Part of one of CNN’s more excellent coverage mashups: McCarthy warned Dems he’s going to ‘call that b**** back’ House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is an outstandingly skilled orator and gifted politician, so it’s…

Nancy Pelosi on Trump: 'You're – you're – why do you need to keep your hand on your pocketbook'

Part of one of CNN’s more excellent coverage mashups: McCarthy warned Dems he’s going to ‘call that b**** back’

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is an outstandingly skilled orator and gifted politician, so it’s not surprising she’s adept at masterminding such a well-laid production.

But the Democrat from California’s rendition of President Donald Trump’s response to the Russian interference in the 2016 election might be on par with the best of them. “Hi, Trump,” she gushed. “You’re – you’re – why do you need to keep your hand on your pocketbook for one second?”

As the president said over and over on Wednesday, the response and investigation should wait. “If it was Hillary,” he said, “you’d be charging Hillary right now.”

The GOP had its glee by now. “Isn’t he amazing?” Republican congressman Greg Walden of Oregon said.

His colleague, Republican congressman Roger Williams, the good conservative’s good conservative, noted: “As you can see, the comments that we’re making about how they need to, on day one, end Russia.”

So the two men and their colleagues are aghast at a Democrat’s attempt to embarrass the President.

“Let’s keep going,” the Democrats’ Nancy Pelosi said to the camera. But her fellow Democrats weren’t quite so fired up: “Keep going. We’ll have a great, vigorous defense of our country against all kinds of threats.”

They’d forgotten. “He called it his best ‘pussy-grabbing’ statement.” “I couldn’t have said it better myself,” the Democrats’ Dick Durbin of Illinois said. “And he didn’t need to say it any more.”

“That was pretty much the best possible way to say it,” Republican congressman Tom Rooney of Florida, a regular Fox News contributor, chimed in.

“Probably the best,” Sherrilyn Ifill, a well-known civil rights activist and former NAACP attorney general, said.

The Democrats’ Jackie Speier, who serves on the House intelligence committee, was nonplussed. “We can say the letter was ‘unpresidented’,” she said, “but just leave it alone. Let us get on with it.”

And she really was saying it.

The Republicans’ Mark Meadows, co-chair of the House Freedom Caucus, sighed: “Good grief!” But Meadows said: “Trump said it best and I agree.”

“You’re all making fun of me,” Durbin said.

The Republicans’ Pete Sessions, who sits on the House banking committee, explained: “It’s like the Star Wars calendar.”

Which prompted Pelosi: “What else would you say? I mean, it’s just a wonderful thing to say.”

But even with the defence meter, there was no annihilation. “He has not betrayed this country,” Durbin said, which Meadows said was “beyond me”.

Durbin then dropped the hard-luck mic on Meadows: “We have to get down to the substantive business of how we protect our country from Russia.”

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