House Republicans Make Pelosi Cry

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( – Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) leveled sharp criticism at House Republicans following their failed attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, attributing their actions to an overarching allegiance to former President Donald Trump. Speaking with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Pelosi depicted Trump as the central figure orchestrating the GOP’s moves, stating, “Understand this: Everything they do is about Donald Trump. He’s the puppeteer,” thereby emphasizing the influence Trump continues to exert over the Republican Party’s strategies and priorities.

Pelosi went on to express her dismay at the impeachment effort, which she viewed as a disservice to the integrity of the impeachment process and an affront to Mayorkas’s commendable record as a public servant. She accused the GOP of attempting to “cheapen the commodity of what an impeachment is” by targeting Mayorkas, who she believes has faithfully executed his duties in accordance with the law and established policies.

The House’s attempt to impeach Mayorkas culminated in a narrow defeat for the Republicans, with a 214-216 vote against the impeachment. This outcome was particularly impactful for Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and the Republican Party, which had been vocal about their intentions to impeach Mayorkas for several months. The effort’s failure was underscored by the unexpected decisions of three Republican Representatives — Ken Buck (CO), Tom McClintock (CA), and Mike Gallagher (WI) — who sided with Democrats and voted against the impeachment.

Adding a strategic twist to the proceedings, Rep. Blake Moore (UT) altered his vote to “no” just as the voting was concluding. This last-minute change was not merely a reflection of his stance but also a procedural maneuver that allowed for the possibility of reintroducing the impeachment legislation at a later date, thereby keeping the issue alive within the Republican agenda.

Despite this setback, Speaker Johnson characterized the unsuccessful vote as a “setback” but remained resolute, asserting that the House would succeed in passing articles of impeachment in future attempts. This optimism highlights the ongoing determination within the GOP to pursue their objectives, despite the challenges and opposition they face.

Pelosi, drawing from her extensive experience and leadership, offered a piece of strategic advice to her Republican counterparts, emphasizing the importance of certainty and preparation before bringing legislation to the floor. She stressed the necessity of having a clear understanding of the vote count and ensuring enough support is secured beforehand, encapsulated in her advice: “Don’t bring the bill to the floor unless you know you have the votes.” Pelosi’s comments reflect not only her critique of the Republican’s recent actions but also her broader perspective on legislative strategy and party leadership.

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