The Democratic Response…

February 5, 2020

I don’t mean the official response by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She gave a well-presented speech, thankfully short on partisan bile and long on standard Democratic boilerplate about helping the struggling workers and making health care more affordable – both of which would be great if (A.) I thought they meant it, and (B.) they had any idea how to do it. She didn’t respond to any specifics in Trump’s speech, but then, I’m sure it was written before his was released. You can see why Whitmer is a rising star in Democratic circles, if she isn’t sunk by the angry radical left.

No, the Democratic response I’m talking about, the one that’s getting the most attention and blowback, was the childish, rude, self-defeating reaction in the Chamber (some members, such as rabid Trump haters AOC and Al Green, boycotted the speech, and were likely not missed by anyone on either side.)

Reactions in the House to previous Presidents’ SOTU Addresses have often been partisan, but they at least showed respect for the office. A President’s fellow party members might cheer wildly at his accomplishments while the opposition sat quietly or offered polite, tepid applause. But remember the shock and outrage when one Republican shouted, “You lie!” at Obama? Democrats thought that was outrageous (he was later reprimanded.) Well, last night, Trump was interrupted by dozens of Democrats in a pre-planned heckling chant. But amazingly, that was not their worst misbehavior.

That act of self-immolation was repeated over and over, when they angrily sat on their hands and glowered as Trump listed accomplishments that they’d be doing cartwheels over if a Democrat had managed them. Record low unemployment for minorities, women and the disabled? Silence. Blue collar jobs returning and wages rising? Silence. Working on a cure for AIDS? Silence. A little African-American girl being granted her life-changing dream of choosing a good school to attend? Silence. Most refused even to show support for killing terrorist mass murderers or not killing late term babies, two things they oppose largely because Trump supports them. To them, any good news for America is bad news, since it lessens their reelection chances. They even managed to look as if they’d just swallowed castor oil when Trump called for planting a trillion trees. (“Trump likes trees? Then I hate trees now!!”)

I generally refuse to stoop to the now-common practice of ascribing the worst motives to people who disagree with my political views. I don’t assume someone who sees things differently from me is stupid, racist, evil or whatever. But with last night’s sickening display, the Democrats in the House made it crystal clear that they place expressing hatred of Trump and opposing everything he does above every other issue, no matter how positive it might otherwise be. They would honestly rather see Americans suffer and fail, even groups they claim to champion such as minorities, women and the disabled, than see Trump succeed in helping them. It was partisan politics in its rawest, most selfish form, and it was repulsive.

But wait: it actually gets worse. To cap off the blatant display of disrespect for the President and anyone who supports him (or who has benefited from his policies), Nancy Pelosi made a show of ripping her copy of the speech in half behind his back on live TV.

(This followed an hour’s worth of strange facial contortions, eye-rolling and gesticulations that made it appear she was teaching a seminar in bad silent movie acting.)

Pelosi’s stunt sparked a range of heated reactions. I think law professor Jonathan Turley, who recently tried unsuccessfully to teach the House Democrats what an impeachable offense was, put it well on Twitter: “Pelosi's act dishonored the institution and destroyed even the pretense of civility and decorum in the House. If this is the Speaker's ‘drop the mike’ moment, it is a disgrace that should never be celebrated or repeated. In a single act, she obliterated decades of tradition.”

Newt Gingrich also tweeted that Pelosi’s ripping up of the speech disgusted him and wasn’t clever or cute but a childish insult to American traditions, and she deserves to be censured.

The White House response was the most brutal, since they pointed out what was actually in the speech that she was showing utter contempt for. They tweeted, “Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family. That's her legacy.”

But perhaps the best reaction was from several commenters who pointed out that today, Mitch McConnell will be ripping up her “articles of impeachment.”

As Newt pointed out, Pelosi certainly deserves to be censured, but she won’t be as long as Democrats control the House. Thankfully, due to their lack of any accomplishments, their deranged obsession with a doomed impeachment crusade, and their stunningly small-minded misbehavior before the world last night, they might have helped bring the end of that lamentable era to a close very soon.

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  • Marsha Lee

    02/05/2020 07:19 PM

    Democrat ‘s lack of respect for the office they hold and hatred for the President and what he stands for is appalling!

  • Susan Marshall

    02/05/2020 06:42 PM

    I hope we clean the house this November.

  • Trudy Kelly

    02/05/2020 06:35 PM

    Did anyone notice that the woman who gave the democratic response gave lots of examples of what the democrats have accomplished BUT they were mostly accomplished by State governors not US senators or house members!

  • Melissa Stair

    02/05/2020 06:31 PM

    I don't recall ever seeing any so called politicians so disrespectful as most of the Democratic party, especially the head of the house. How about treating others as you would like them to treat you?

    Have they ever heard of focusing on their hired/elected duty and working for us the people instead of themselves (letting their personal opinions get in the way)?

  • Robbie

    02/05/2020 06:14 PM

    Ty for your succinct and thorough description of the sickening actions of the Democrats and exactly why I will Not be voting for one.

  • Bobbie Ivy

    02/05/2020 06:12 PM

    The President's speech was amazing and I totally agree with your analysis! It's getting to the point one can't even have a discussion in which you might disagree on political views without name calling. Where has intelligent debate gone?

  • Lisa Hall

    02/05/2020 06:03 PM

    As my grandmother always said “ Pretty is as pretty does”. That’s sums it up for Ms. Nancy.

  • James Steelman

    02/05/2020 05:49 PM

    I am from Oklahoma and have lived in Illinois for over 50 years (along with my Arkansas wife). I really quit agreeing with the Michigan governor when she mentioned what Governor Pritzger was doing. In my estimation, higher taxes, businesses leaving the Illinois, bankrupting the state, just for a short list. Democrat rebuttal did not have anything for me.

  • Thom Williams

    02/05/2020 05:23 PM

    I like to think that many who watched the moving moments of the State of the Union teared up.

    And with partisan disdain, Pelosi teared up (grammatical error intentional) the actual speech.

  • Marshall Huffman

    02/05/2020 05:19 PM

    You are absolutely correct. What a spectacle she made of herself. She acted like a five-year-old that doesn't get their way. In all my years of watching SOU speeches, tho I loth Obama, I would have been appalled if someone had done that behind his back. What a sad person she is. Too much brain damage from alcohol I guess.

  • Lee Swann

    02/05/2020 05:18 PM

    Speaker Pelosi COMMITTED A FELONY by destroying an "official" document

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi just committed a FELONY!

    Now POTUS MUST have her arrested, indicted, prosecuted and JAILED!

    Patti Power Le Sage Nancy Pelosi just committed a FELONY on TV!! NOT a joke! Tearing up the SOTU subjects her to 3 years in jail, forfeiture of office, and disqualification from ever holding office.
    18 U.S. Code § 2071. Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
    U.S. Code
    (a)Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
    (b)Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
    Thanks to Leigh Scott for pointing this out!!

  • Patricia Be

    02/05/2020 05:03 PM

    What I saw after President Trumps speech by Nancy Pelosi was speechless. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I have seen a lot of State of the Union Addresses by Presidents but NEVER have I ever seen anything so disrespectful as that incident. She needs to be removed from office sooner than later.

  • William Hodges

    02/05/2020 05:01 PM

    Gov Huckabee,
    Thank you for addressing the disrespect exhibited by Ms Pelosi last night.
    Hopefully, sometime down the road Democrats will work for this country rather than against.
    God Bless.
    Wm Hodges
    Bella Vista, AR

  • Patrick B. Fisher

    02/05/2020 04:52 PM

    Amen Governor!! Amen indeed!

  • Sandra King

    02/05/2020 04:15 PM

    I agree! Well said and truthful. I have never seen an adult act like a spoiled child until I saw Nancy Pelosi stand up and take those pages and rip them in half in front of the whole nation of people who watched and the other countries that were also watching. The most disgraceful act; she has no business being in Congress at all, along with most of the other women in white, who sat in a group as they did last time, dressed in white, proving what??? They are not pure as driven snow and should also be ashamed of their actions. And the men!!! Some shaking their heads, others smirking and laughing, or glaring. This also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that no woman should be President of these United States. He was calm and collected and they were furiously emotional. I will never vote for a woman to be president.

  • Denise Jackson

    02/05/2020 04:06 PM

    She is a drama queen who needs to be the center of attention. It was a fantastic, uplifting and encouraging speech. Now people are talking about her stunt and not the substance of the speech. Ever notice how the people with TDS have a pathological need for attention.

  • Darwin Drake

    02/05/2020 03:28 PM

    She should be censured at the least for her actions! I read where she has no right to destroy a government document and cold be fined, sentenced to jail and removed from office never to be allowed to hold office again. With all the high priced attorneys in government, one should be able to find something to hold her accountable for her blatant disrespect of the president of the U.S.

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    02/05/2020 03:08 PM

    Maybe now the REAL Democrats will weed out the Progressives and Socialists (and juvenile) members from their party and get back to working for the people of our country!

  • Melinda Morris

    02/05/2020 03:06 PM

    Well said ..Gov.Huckabee..she has defiled the American people and should be punished.. There should be consequences for her behaviour and every Democrat ...should be expelled from Congress for not supporting our great President and disrespecting all Americans.. enough is enough!! We the people!

  • james alan randolph

    02/05/2020 02:11 PM

    Hey Mike -
    How about a quick response to NANCY ?
    Offer to mail (via USPS) a copy of the SOTU 2020 transcript to NANCY?
    Donate $25 (or whatever) to HUCKPAC, and a copy will be mailed to her ...

    I tried to find the SOTU 2020 transcript without editorial comments.
    The link is the best I can find, right now.
    Since NANCY "lost" her copy, perhaps a few hundred Americans would print the transcript, and help replace it. I KNOW she will appreciate her office receiving paper copies from the USPS....

  • james alan randolph

    02/05/2020 01:54 PM

    Hey Mike -
    I tried to find the SOTU 2020 transcript without editorial comments. The link is the best I can find, right now.
    Since NANCY "lost" her copy, perhaps a few hundred Americans would print the transcript, and help replace it. I KNOW she will appreciate her office receiving paper copies from the USPS....