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Jonathan Turley: Nancy Pelosi 'Should Resign' as Speaker

By    |   Wednesday, 05 February 2020 06:32 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., engaged in State of the Union theatrics that will go "down as a day of infamy" and should disqualify her from Democratic leadership, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley.

"She forfeited the right to occupy that office," Turley wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill. "If Pelosi cannot maintain the dignity and neutrality of her office at the State of the Union, she should resign as the Speaker of the House of Representatives."

Turley, who testified before the House Democrats' public impeachment inquiry as a self-pronounced Democrat, rejected her behavior as President Donald Trump was speaking and, after he was done, when she looked at her Democratic colleagues and ripped up the speech behind the president's back.

"It has long been a tradition for House Speakers to remain stoic and neutral in listening to the address," Turley wrote. "However, Pelosi seemed to be intent on mocking President Trump from behind his back with sophomoric facial grimaces and head shaking, culminating in her ripping up a copy of his address.

"Her drop the mic moment will have a lasting impact on the House."

In doing so, Pelosi "shredded decades of tradition, decorum and civility that the nation could use now more than ever," he continued.

"The House Speaker represents not her party or herself but the entirety of the chamber," Turley wrote. "At that moment, she must transcend her own political ambitions and loyalties."

Turley disapproved of Trump's turning his back on shaking Pelosi's hand and the awarding of a conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh a Presidential Medal of Freedom, but "if Trump made the State of the Union look like Oprah, then Pelosi made it look like Jerry Springer," he said.

"What followed was an utter disgrace," Turley wrote. "First, Pelosi dropped the traditional greeting before the start of the address, 'Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States.' Instead, she simply announced, 'Members of Congress, the president of the United States.'

"It was extremely petty and profoundly inappropriate."

Turley also noted, "Pelosi proceeded to repeatedly shake her head, mouth words to others, and visibly disagree with the address.

"It was like some distempered distracting performance art behind the president," he wrote.

"Pelosi has demolished decades of tradition with this poorly considered moment."

"Notably, she did not wait to rip up her copy of the speech until after she left the House floor. Pelosi wanted to do it at the end of the speech, in front of the camera, with the president still in the chamber," he added.

"That act was more important to Pelosi than preserving the tradition of her office," he concluded.

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