‘Petty, Unprecedented, and Beneath Congress’: Republicans Slam Pelosi’s Refusal to Host the State of the Union

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Republican members of the House of Representatives aren’t pleased with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to postpone the State of the Union address as a political move against President Donald Trump.

The president and the speaker have been battling over the partial government shutdown for over a month. Because both sides are desperate for leverage to end the shutdown, the two political leaders started using the State of the Union as their political volleyball.

Here’s a refresher on the drama:

Pelosi invites Trump to give the State of the Union address. 

Pelosi suggests postponing the address, citing security concerns due to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) being impacted by the shutdown. 

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen disputes Pelosi’s security concerns and states that Secret Service is prepared to secure the event. 

Trump cancels Pelosi’s trip abroad, citing the shutdown. 

Trump pens a letter to Pelosi, noting that there are no security concerns and that he will be giving the speech from the Capitol on January 29, per the original invite. 

Pelosi doubles down against Trump and writes a letter telling him that he is not invited to speak until the government reopens. 

While Republicans have been frustrated with Pelosi’s earlier decisions about the speech, her latest decision to postpone the address until the government reopens left many in GOP leadership accusing Pelosi of pettiness:

Although there is almost no chance it would pass, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) drafted a resolution for the House to vote to allow the president to speak:

During a press conference, McCarthy accused Pelosi of “playing politics” and called on the president to speak from the House chamber.

Watch the video below:

“I think it should hold in the House chamber, just as it was done for generations before us. I think any indication not to hold it in the chamber is wrong on the speaker’s behalf. I think the idea that you would ask the president to move at a time — it doesn’t matter what crisis America had in the past, we were able to still have a State of the Union.”

McCarthy noted that he hopes the speaker will reconsider so that the president is not forced to come up with another plan for his address.

“I think the speaker asking not to have the State of the Union is just playing politics,” McCarthy said. “I think we are better than that.”

It isn’t yet clear how the White House will respond to Pelosi’s latest move.

What do you think?

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Roger Hylr
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See what happens when Polusi misses her rabies shot… and/ or overdoes her male hormone shot!

Phoenix
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Petty was certainly the first word that popped into my head when i saw that headline.

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