His opponents complain that Donald Trump is robbing the office of US President of its dignity. With the tearing up of Trump’s speech manuscript, the House of Representatives Pelosi goes down to his level – a pointer to the desperate state of the Democrats before the election.
No, there is no excuse for this seemingly emotional outburst by Nancy Pelosi to tear Donald Trump’s speech on the state of the nation. Neither the US President’s refused handshake, nor his subsequent speech to the nation, which is oozing with self-praise and patriotic staging; the award of Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom does not justify Pelosi’s behavior.
The highest civilian award in the United States is usually presented in the White House and not as part of the traditional address to the nation, and rarely to men who have been repeatedly accused of racism. One can find that [indecent]. But it is not instinctive: Trump has once again ruthlessly served his own camp. He meets the expectations of his followers to mobilize them in the year of the presidential campaign.
A gesture of despair
Pelosi would be naive had she expected another speech. Moderate tones, a reconciliation of his divided country do not correspond to Trump’s style or strategy. The fact that he personally resents the Democrats’ attempt to depose him is as surprising to Pelosi as the failure of the impeachment procedure. Her reaction at the end of Trump’s speech was therefore not spontaneous or thoughtless.
Trump opponents who are already convinced may celebrate the gesture, but it is above all an expression of frustration and helplessness. Political office, once proudly nicknamed “Leader of the Free World”, has been filled for three years by a narcissist without personal decency, who orients his political beliefs according to what seems opportune to him. The Democratic Party (still) has nothing to oppose. Trump’s reelection is more likely than ever at the moment.
It is understandable that the deeply divided Democrats within the party have lost hope that Trump would discredit himself with his insults and booby appearances in the eyes of the Republicans. America’s conservatives have come to terms with the often undignified administration of their president surprisingly quickly. But does that mean that the Democrats have to go to the same level?
Ammunition for Trump’s election campaign
Pelosi can no longer claim for the Democrats, they would deal with offices more responsibly and not abuse them for cheap self-promotion. Conservative US media and politicians are foaming at the alleged scandal and will show the recordings again and again in the coming months in order to brand the Democrats as “left-wing radical” in the eyes of moderate voters.
Pelosi has done a disservice to her party. The behavior of the most important politician of the Democrats shows that at the beginning of the presidential election year 2020 the party is without strong men or women who shake hands with each other, reconcile the country and thus find new majorities.