Pelosi Rules Out Censuring Trump

( Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked back claims by some of her Democrat colleagues over the weekend that they may push to censure former President Donald Trump following the second failed Senate impeachment trial.

Pelosi ruled out the idea, which has been pushed heavily by former vice-presidential candidate and Virginia Senator Time Kaine, arguing that it lets Republicans off the hook.

And not that, you know, it’s a terrible idea that could set a dangerous precedent.

“Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution,” Pelosi said on Saturday.

“Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist?” she said.

Pelosi’s comments came after the Senate voted to acquit the former president based on a lack of evidence that he incited an insurrection. While Democrats presented doctored evidence that cut off parts of the former president’s speech in which he called on supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically,” the president’s legal counsel presented evidence that the hearing was unconstitutional and that the former president never called for violence.

Pelosi wrote off the idea of censuring the former president, which could be used to ban him from running for office again in the future, suggesting that it wouldn’t be the appropriate mechanism.

“We censure people for using stationary or the wrong purpose,” Pelosi said, referencing the Democrats’ decision to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel in 2010 for misusing official resources. “We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol.”

There is no evidence to suggest that the former president incited insurrection in the Capitol, and the Senate just voted to acquit him on that basis. Maybe Pelosi didn’t hear yet?

House Speaker Pelosi is also incorrect to suggest that a censure vote is not used in the event of a public official inciting an insurrection. The 14th Amendment specifically says that anybody who engages in or promotes “open rebellion” and “insurrection” can be banned from being elected in the future or blocked from having their Electoral College votes counted after an election.

With Pelosi not on board, Democrats are unlikely to move ahead with a vote to censure the former president. It could pave the way for a possible 2024 run for former President Donald Trump.