In watching President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union (SOTU) speech Feb. 5, we witnessed a “battle of the bands” that evening between two opposing political forces. Democrats’ reactions during the speech were priceless on several fronts.
The battle pitted the force of “Trump-sharing-administration-accomplishments-and-his-hope-both-political-parties-can-work-together-to-achieve-even-greater-things” against the force of “House-Speaker-Nancy-Pelosi-and-cohorts-unwilling-to-give-Trump-credit-while-showing-their-disdain-for-what-he-represents-to-them.”
Pelosi found herself awkwardly positioned. Her throne – directly behind Trump – allowed the world to monitor her every gesture and expression while she struggled, spur of the moment, to decide what gesture and expression best fit the moment – one of begrudging agreement, contemptuous disdain or somewhere in between.
For other Democrats in the Chamber – primarily the women dressed in white – it was intriguing to watch the interaction with Pelosi. It was as if the speaker were an orchestra conductor. Many awaited her reaction to a Trump statement and then followed suit to mimic their party leader. If she applauded, most of them applauded; if she stood, most of them stood; if she lacked reaction, most of them did.
It was as if Pelosi’s minions feared missing her every cue. Their fear, perhaps, was justified based on the description of Pelosi given by her own daughter, Alexandra, 48, earlier this year. Perhaps seeking to portray her mother in a positive light as she jockeyed to reclaim her title as speaker, Alexandra chose some rather strange words to do so. She said, “She’ll cut your head off, and you won’t even know you’re bleeding. That’s all you need to know about her. No one ever won betting against Nancy Pelosi.” Based on that description, one feels sorry for Nancy’s grandchildren, hoping they never run afoul of their family matriarch.
Some statements Trump made should have had everyone in the Chamber standing and/or applauding. That failed to always happen as evidenced when he stated:
“Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
While Republicans stood, few Democrats did. And, when a chorus of “USA” erupted, the camera revealed – in a Colin Kaepernick-like “kneeling” moment – a sitting, somber and silent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Another statement one hoped would have garnered universal support only generated disdain from Pelosi and friends. Citing New York’s law allowing for third-trimester abortions, Trump called for legislation to end the practice.
The lack of Democrats’ enthusiasm, especially from the women, was appalling. They remained seated, silent and stone-faced – a clear indication they believe abortion is totally a woman’s decision alone. Undoubtedly, they were also influenced by Pelosi based on her personal SOTU guest – the president of Planned Parenthood.
Their reaction was interesting due to a point later raised by Stacy Abrams who made the Democrats’ SOTU rebuttal. Abrams had run for governor of Georgia and nearly won, with her loss giving rise to claims of voter suppression. While Abrams expressed the importance of not undermining anyone’s right to vote, Democrats failed to recognize abortion does exactly that if the mother alone has the sole decision rights. It effectively rips away from the fetus the “I was created to live” vote. Thus, a fetus with a beating heart and functioning brain needs a voice – a federal law advocate – to protect it. Those remaining seated and silent, denying the fetus that protective voice, appeared to possess neither.
Meanwhile, we get a disturbing insight into the value of human life embraced by Democrats. Their call for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign was not because he supports infanticide but because he wore blackface while in medical school decades earlier.
During Trump’s speech, another disturbing display by Democrats was subtly evident among members of “the House that Pelosi built.” It is revealing about a dark influence Pelosi promotes and is more damning than wearing blackface.
In his remarks, Trump reminded his audience “my administration recognized the true capital of Israel and proudly opened the American embassy in Jerusalem.” Again, Pelosi failed to appreciate the statement, surprisingly since Trump only enforced a 1995 law effective under President Bill Clinton. Could it be the dark influence of anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Pelosi’s House, particularly since it now has two Muslim members who have proclaimed their disdain for Israel and the Jewish people while embracing some of Israel’s staunchest enemies?
Pelosi’s support for anti-Semites is not new. In 2015, she appointed race-baiting Muslim Rep. Andre Carson – a supporter of anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan – to the Permanent Select Committee, right after Islamic terrorists slaughtered 17 people in Paris. Carson is also an advocate for Islamic indoctrination in U.S. schools.
And last November, Pelosi embraced another devout anti-Semite – “Reverend” Al Sharpton – for “saving America.” While failing to explain why, Pelosi seems never to have met an anti-Semite she did not like.
Democrats Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib won seats in Pelosi’s House in 2018. Since then, both have issued outrageous claims about Israel, making no effort to hide their anti-Semitism.
On the same day Tlaib was sworn in, a map in her office labeled Israel as Palestine. She celebrated her swearing in with a known Hezbollah sympathizer. Meanwhile, Omar offered her inciteful observation that she “almost chuckles” when she hears Israel described as a democracy, comparing it instead to Iran.
Unsurprisingly, both have called for funding cuts for the Department of Homeland Security.
Among other committees, Pelosi put Tlaib on the Armed Services Committee and Omar on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
There can only be one of three reasons why Pelosi has given these two anti-Semites such powerful positions: 1) Pelosi is extremely naïve; 2) Pelosi is anti-Semitic herself; or 3) Pelosi is off her meds.
With Pelosi wielding a “national-security-be-damned-party-politics-full-speed-ahead” mentality, and despite Trump’s plea both parties work together, the president is much more likely to behold the unicorn before beholding bipartisan cooperation with Pelosi.