As President Donald Trump continues to intimidate his whistleblower, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plays bodyguard.
Ever since two whistleblowers came forward to instigate United States President Donald Trump in a controversial case of "quid pro quo" - that is, withholding aid to Ukraine in exchange for dirt on political opponent Joe Biden's son Hunter - he has been obsessed with their identities. On more than one occasion, he has engaged in some form of petty intimidation in order to get the whistleblowers to talk (or worse). But if Trump wants to get to them, he'll have to go through House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first. In a revealing interview on CBS' Face the Nation, the Democrat warned President Trump not to intimidate his whistleblowers because he's in her "wheelhouse" now, Fox News reports.
"I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower," Pelosi told Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan. "I told the President you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower." Her statements come as the House Intelligence Committee's hearings against President Trump heat up. As the hearings are critical to both the whistleblowers' safety as well as the Democrat-lead impeachment inquiry, the House Speaker argued that it was of utmost importance to protect the whistleblower’s identity. Moreover, it is quite unpresidential for Trump to break democratic protocol when it comes to protecting whistleblowers.
She continued, "This is really important, especially when it comes to intelligence, that someone who would be courageous enough to point out truth to power and then through the filter of a Trump-appointed inspector general - who found it of urgent concern and then took it to the next steps." This, as Pelosi correctly pointed out, requires immense courage. Should Trump care at all about American democracy, he would not be attempting to dismantle its very fabric. With this in mind, Pelosi added that President Trump is, of course, free to appear before House lawmakers in order to present his case.
"The President could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants," Pelosi affirmed. "He has every opportunity to present his case." Instead, the President has resorted to attacking key individuals in the impeachment inquiry on social media platform Twitter - which Pelosi had a gripe with too (as she and all Americans rightly should). She said, "The President and perhaps some at The White House have to know that the words of the President weigh a ton. They are very significant. And he should not frivolously throw out insults, but that’s what he does."
Pelosi used the opportunity to get him where it hurts - his unwarrantedly huge ego. "I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter," she stated. "I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else." Though she did not clarify whether she believed what Trump tweets on the regular is illegal or not, she did affirm, "I just think that [it's] totally wrong and inappropriate... Of the President." While it seems that the American political system is failing in slow motion, it is good to know that the guardians of democracy, such as Pelosi, are working hard to save the little speck of integrity it has left.