Opinion: What Pelosi’s Action Tells Us | Shlomo Rudman

At the conclusion of President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the president handed an official copy of his speech to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What followed next has the political world abuzz. Pelosi took the sheets of paper handed to her by President Trump and promptly tore them in half. Asked about her actions later, Pelosi said she tore it because “it was the courteous thing to do,” implying that she would’ve done far worse to it if it would be considered acceptable.

Some conservative commentators accused Pelosi of tampering with historical evidence, a federal crime, and suggested that she should be prosecuted. Others said that she was disrespecting the people who trump praised in his speech and the achievements of the American people during Trump’s tenure in office. Whether correct or not, what we saw signifies something else that will affect the entire political landscape heading into the 2020 election.

What Pelosi’s tearing up of Trump’s speech tells us is the strategy that Democrats will take throughout the campaign season. Anyone who is being fair has to admit that Trump has been good for the economy. The stock market is at record highs, unemployment is at its lowest point in history, wages are up and growth is skyrocketing.

But Pelosi’s move showed that the Democrats will never acknowledge this. They will never say ‘You know what, President Trump has done a good job on the economy, but here is why you should vote for us’. Instead, they will act as if Trump destroyed the American economy by using anecdotal evidence from different people across the country. They will point to his speaking gaffes and rambling style to suggest that his brain is off kilter and that he is unstable. They will not show him one ounce of respect for what he has accomplished.

Whether you support Republicans or Democrats, it isn’t fair or appropriate to completely ignore what has been accomplished in the last three years. This disdain for anything Trump does, along with the Democrat Party’s ever-leftward shift in ideology, is bound to get the Democratic nominee clobbered in November.

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  1. I just want to correct the beginning. President Trump handed a copy of the speech to Nancy Pelosi and VP Pence before he began his speech. She was fiddling with the papers throughout the speech and tore it at the end of the speech. (The way the article is written it sounds as though pres. Trump gave her the papers at the end and she promptly tore them. But that’s not how it happened. Thanks.)

    • You are so right. Despite whatever she feels and whatever is going on… this was a constitutionally mandated speech of the Executive Branch to the House. She needs to respect the country and process regardless of what she feels about the man. Her actions were juvenile and deplorable.

  2. the democrats want to win 2020. Let us look at what they have accomplished over the last 3 years.
    1.) before Trump won 2016 they said if he did, they would impeach him.
    2.) then we wasted a year or more and much $ on a colusion investigation that failed.
    3.) then we have this brain damaged group of antisemetic trash called the squad.
    4.) Then we had a impeachemnt that failed.
    5.) then we had a senator socialist who is concerned about palistinians (you know the ones that celebrated 9/11 by dancing and handing out candies). He is running for office.
    6.) then we have the democratic party running on a platform of stopping trump.
    I ask again, what exactly have the democrats done that they deserve a shot at the white house. Whined and complained? not the way to run a country. When they decide tro grow up and abandon their recless slide to the left, come and talk to us. for now please stop wasting our time with your sour grapes

  3. Mr. Rudman:

    Your comments are 100% accurate.

    So, why, I ask, when I drive through certain heavily-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New York do I frequently see signs of support from community leaders, including Da’as Torah, endorsing Democratic candidates?

    • If there’s a high chance that the candidate is gonna win anyway, might as well tell your chasidim to vote for him so you can benefit from having a positive relationship with the politician, whomever it is. I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do, but I think that’s why they do.

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