Republican Rep: At the End of the Vote, Democratic Members Had to Coach Other Members 'Not to Cheer'

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., administers the oath to the members of the House of Representatives as the 115th Congress convenes at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


If only House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were a better liar, she would be formidable. She often spouts the most ridiculous lies and it’s obvious to even the least perceptive among us, yet no one ever questions her.  The most recent example of this came during a discussion last month with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about Rep. Adam Schiff’s parody reading of the Trump/Zelensky phone call.

Pelosi told Stephanopoulos, “I want the American people to know what that phone call was about. I want them to hear it. So yeah [the parody’s] fair. It’s sad, but it’s using the president’s own words.”

To his credit, Stephanopoulos pushed back, saying, “Those weren’t the president’s words, it was an interpretation of the president’s words. They’re saying he made this up.”

“He did not make it up,” she replied.

She continued, “Look, I want to tell you something — when I took the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution as my colleagues have done as well, I did not say, I will do this as long as the Republicans can understand the Constitution…So the fact that their loyalty is to Trump and not the Constitution is not going to slow down or impair our ability to keep the Republic.”

Having grown accustomed to her frequent deceit, it comes as no surprise to us that, in her remarks following the House vote to pass the impeachment inquiry resolution on Thursday, Pelosi called upon her fellow Democrats to be “prayerful over this somber process.”

On Thursday evening, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss the events of the day.

Dobbs commented that, “I have to say I didn’t detect any sincerity at all, perhaps that was a mistake of my perception on the part of the speaker, when she suggested that Dems would be prayerful over this somber process. I did not see any somber attitude whatsoever.”

Perry responded, “Lou, if you were on the floor, you would have heard [Democratic] members telling their other members not to cheer. So, you need to be coached not to cheer because, to them, this is what they’ve been seeking all along. And, of course, you don’t see that if you’re watching from home, but that’s what we witnessed right there on the House floor, so sincerity I think is in question in this case.”

(This exchange starts at 9:55 in the video below.)

On a different, but related, note, Perry made some interesting remarks about the testimony of former NSC Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison who appeared before Schiff’s committee earlier in the day.  Dobbs asked Perry to give us his take.

Perry said, “Today was a very positive day for Republicans and in Adam Schiff’s star chamber, the folks there had a very sour face. It’s interesting, we finished up our deposition early today and I think that’s an indicator of how fast they wanted to get that guy out of the room because he obliterated their narrative.”

My colleague, Streiff, posted about Morrison’s testimony here.