When Trump took his much-deserved victory lap Thursday afternoon in the wake of his impeachment acquittal, he did not mince words when it came to attacking those responsible for wasting the country’s time.
“These people are vicious. Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person. And she wanted to impeach a long time ago,” Trump said.
Trump also responded to Pelosi’s claims earlier in the day that she prays for Trump.
“When she said, ‘I pray for the president, I pray for the president,’ she doesn’t pray. She may pray, but she prays for the opposite,” Trump said.
Personally, I don’t see Nancy Pelosi praying one way or the other.
President Trump: “Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person. Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person…I doubt she prays at all. "
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 6, 2020
Trump didn’t hold any punches, blaming the Democrats for targeting him from the very beginning with bogus allegations. “We first went through Russia, Russia, Russia. It was all bulls**t,” he said. “We then went through the Mueller report, and they should have come back one day later. They didn’t, they came back two years later after lives were ruined, after people went bankrupt.”
“They kept it going forever because they wanted to inflict political pain on someone who had just won an election.”
Trump was unapologetic during his 45-minute speech, in contrast to President Bill Clinton, who actually had been found to have committed crimes. Trump’s only apologetic moment during his speech was towards the end when he addressed his family. “I want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people,” he said.
The truth hurts sometimes.
Trump doubled down on his criticism of Pelosi in a video posted to Twitter destroying her State of the Union stunt of ripping up his speech:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis