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.