Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Looking “Sedated” At State Of The Union

I have previously written that some Democrats appear to be adopting Trump-like tactics while denouncing Trump for the very same conduct. The trend is spreading with name calling and increasingly outlandish criticisms. The Democrats will not out-Trump Trump, but they will erase any distinction between them if this trend continues. That was evident yesterday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi not only expressed pride in shattering decades of tradition in her conduct at the State of the Union, but changing the role of the Speaker at the SOTU from a strictly neutral figure to an openly partisan one — a change that was widely celebrated by Democrats without any self-awareness at the hypocrisy of the position. Pelosi then added an entirely unexplained allegation that the President was drugged or medicated at the address to the two houses. The media again seemed relatively mild in the face of that allegation as well as the unprecedented conduct of Pelosi.

At her press conference (where she was barely challenged on abandonment of long-standing traditions at the State of the Union), Pelosi said that she did not take her action because of the President’s refusal to shake her hand. Instead she said that she extended her hand because she felt sorry for the President: “It was also an act of kindness because he looked to me like he was a little sedated. He looked that way last year too.”

It was a shocking and disturbing suggestion. If the Speaker believed that the President was using drugs, she has a duty to address the matter — not intentionally spread rumors or fuel speculation. It raises the abuse of Barry Goldwater by Democrats who spread rumors that he was mentally unstable and being treated for psychological issues.

If Pelosi has evidence supporting this allegation, she should make it public. It is unbecoming to her office and unfair to Trump to use a press conference to spread this rumor and then refuse to answer questions about the basis for the allegation.

Again, the silence of other Democrats in the face of such conduct by the Speaker is deafening. No Democratic member has stepped forward to denounce the Speaker’s demonstration at the SOTU or her obvious effort to spread an allegation that the President is under sedation. In the end, this will prove costly to the Democrats. While anti-Trump critics thrilled at Pelosi using the SOTU to degrade Trump, they have joined a race to the bottom that will only alienate many swing voters. No one who believes in the need for dignity and civility in government can support — or silently accept — the raw partisan conduct of Pelosi at the address.

I also criticized Trump’s address and his press conference the next day. However, Pelosi has her own obligations as the head of the House of Representatives, Trump’s inappropriate comments does not give her license to her “liberated” from historical or ethical rules of conduct. Those obligations attached to her office and are assumed by her when she took the office. We can either be a true Speaker or she should step down and become a mere partisan in the House.

138 thoughts on “Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Looking “Sedated” At State Of The Union”

  1. Trump did not look or sound like he was on drugs. Throw it on the pile of false allegations.

    What I find interesting is that the Democrats have called conservatives the most vile names imaginable with impunity. Many of us been called anti-semites, racists, xenophobes, fascists, evil, etc, while not meeting any of the criteria for those names. It’s just name calling to avoid talking about the facts of our position.

    With Trump, they are faced with someone who slings it right back at them, and they are shocked beyond measure. It’s like this has never happened before, a Republican who talks to them like they talk to conservatives. Of course, what Trump has said is quite a bit milder than what Democrats have called us. So they don’t even have it as bad as we have for decades, and he only insults people who insult him.

    Do I wish Trump would be more effective in his quarrels? Of course. But the hypocrisy of the party of insults taking offense at getting some of their own back is ridiculous.

    What do they think we’ve been living with for years?

    1. Karen, no president in our history, and no significant politician in public life now or previously has traveled the low road your moral slob of a leader lives on, or lies as primiscuouslyl as he. Your claim is obviously and completely false. His fellow low life Rush Limbaugh along with hundreds of other right wing talk radio screamers across the nation slanders democrats as enemies and worse, 24/7. There is no Democratic equivalent. Then there is you and fellow haters like TIA and Mespo spewing the same garbage here.

      1. Then there is you and fellow haters like TIA and Mespo spewing the same garbage here.

        ‘haters’ is Gainesville’s term-of-art for people who point out from time to time that the man from Gainesville is so full of it his eyes are brown.

        1. Objective readers of this blog will acknowledge that for obvious reasons TIA, along with Mespo, don’t actually have the horsepower to challenge anything I post, but as in this, his most recent, muster only insults.

          1. Fortunately, objective readers have the blog archives available to prove the absurdity of your comment. Those two routinely deconstruct your comments with facts and evidence and yet you continue to argue your feelings are somehow respectable truths. Now you set out to conjure up allies who would pity your regular beat downs. Perhaps you should remind them your Anon1 character was kicked off this blog for your use of insults and threats. In other words, you’re a fraud not ready for any reasonable and rational debate.

  2. “I have previously written that some Democrats appear to be adopting Trump-like tactics while denouncing Trump for the very same conduct. The trend is spreading with name calling and increasingly outlandish criticisms.”

    I’m so old that I can remember the progressives “politely” referring to President Bush as “chimp-bush-hitler,” the baby killer! He was motivated, of course, by profit: he wanted to trade our soldiers’ blood for Iraqi oil, the better to enrich Haliburton.

  3. Judging by Trump’s unhinged speech at the Prayer breakfast and his repeat performance rally at the WH, Pelosi might have been right.

      1. If Trump appeared to be sedated, I imagine it was the result of three years of the weight of the world and vindictive blithering lifted off his shoulder. No doubt the Dems will be at it again soon, if they aren’t already ‘cooking up’ something in the basement, but for one or two days, Donald Trump rested. That is what appeared to be sedated-or maybe he really was, because he can[t imagin man’s inhumanity to man and most of his supporters can’, either.

    1. So what? He can pick the venue like any other POTUS. Wapo does not pick the venue, sorry

      and probably those guys need super security and super sleuth access and fully merit a high rate for their lodgings.

      and by the way pretty much everybody is paying a high rate at some of those properties. the Trump tower in chicago is always twice as expensive as every other luxe hotel nearby. or three times or more. i’ve looked, but I’m too cheap to give it a try.

      1. Rule #1 to life: Don’t be a Cheap Bast*rd & tip well!

        You’ll never know who your Geriatrics nurse will be!!!

        One former good friend I had, sadly he died young, great guy, every time I think of him now I remember he was a cheap bast*rd that would not tip & looked down on people beneath his station in life.

        And the Nurse his grandmother had was evil….

        I wish he had lived long enough to out grow it like his dad & granddad did.

        IE: Try to keep your karma cleaned up.

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