House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is often vilified in right-wing media for coming out in favor of an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — and right-wing media personalities often mock her for describing the inquiry as a “solemn” moment in U.S. history. But presidential historian Jon Meacham defended the House speaker during a Wednesday night appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” stressing that she has legitimate concerns about Trump conducting him himself like a “monarch.”
Meacham told long-time “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, “I don’t want to just talk about the speaker’s decision in raw political terms…. This is a solemn moment. It is difficult. We do this once every 60 years in this country: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton — with varying degrees of seriousness, varying degrees of political divisiveness. But it’s a very important moment. And it was the ultimate check put on the executive.”
With his “60 years” comment, Meacham didn’t mean that literally 60 years passed between the United States’ three most recent impeachment inquiries against presidents: Nixon in 1974, Clinton in 1998, Trump in 2019 — he meant that there have only been four over a period of 242 years.
During former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Pelosi was the Democratic Party’s most prominent impeachment skeptic — and she resisted impeachment even after the Mueller Report was made public. But with the Ukraine scandal, Pelosi has asserted, Trump crossed the line in a way that made an impeachment inquiry necessary.
Meacham told Matthews, “I think the speaker has done a wonderful job, not simply tactically, but strategically, in defense of the Constitution. Because I think that one day, Republicans — if they ever choose to have a reckoning about this — will have to figure out: how did they become the monarchical party? How did they become monarchists? Because that’s what they’re basically arguing: that the president is acting in a kingly fashion, and that’s OK. And you know what? We’ve been fighting over this for 242 years.”
‘So desperate’: Democrats mock ‘triggered’ Trump for responding to Kamala Harris announcement faster than COVID-19
After former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) would be his pick for a vice presidential running mate, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies raced to attack her. Unfortunately, all they could come up with is to call her "phony."
As a DA and an attorney general, they can't attack her for being soft on crime, particularly since it's something progressives were bothered by. Previously, critics have called the leader "ambitious," a comment that sent women to Twitter demanding to know why that was a negative thing for Harris when it wasn't for Biden in 2008.
‘Make Brett Kavanaugh cry again’: Progressives celebrate Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick
Vice President Joe Biden announced that he was picking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election.
Harris stepped out of the presidential race far too early for some Democratic supporters who saw her as a brilliant candidate, but her name is back on the ballot again. She has a long history of service as a district attorney, attorney general and a U.S. senator. She and Biden may have debated contentiously during the 2019 debates, but her passion and strength appealed to women across the country.
In comments after the announcement, progressives celebrated the pick, in part, because they remembered the many, many times that Harris probed Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during her tenure in the Senate.