COVID, Racism & Bolton’s Book: How Pelosi’s Anti-Trump Rant May Backfire on Dems on Election Day

Sunday, June 21, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Ekaterina Blinova

Last Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump for being “clearly ethically unfit” and “intellectually unprepared” to be the president of the United States. American observers have discussed how the Dems will play the Bolton book card after using both the COVID crisis and the racism issue against the president.

Pelosi’s latest critical remark came amid the fuss over the upcoming release of a potentially scandalous book by John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, who was fired by the president last September following “strong disagreements”.

The House speaker echoed the former Trump aide who claimed in an interview last week that Trump is not “fit for office”, and does not have “the competence to carry out the job”, leading to speculation that Pelosi is going to weaponise Bolton’s opus in a bid to unseat the incumbent occupant of the Oval Office.

‘Nancy Pelosi is Playing Her Role to the Hilt’

“It is highly ironic that Nancy Pelosi talks about being ‘intellectually unprepared’ in light of the numerous public appearances of the Democratic Nominee, Joe Biden, whose performance frequently makes both his supporters and detractors wonder about his mental preparedness”, remarks Vladimir Golstein, associate professor at Brown University in Rhode Island.

“In his almost four years in office, Trump hasn’t done anything that would automatically qualify him as ‘unfit and unprepared'”.

However, Pelosi is “playing her role to the hilt, and her role is, so to speak, ‘to soften the target’ if we use the metaphor from warfare”, the professor notes, foreseeing that she will go on using rhetoric, and histrionics, and all sorts of public appearances just to reiterate her point that “Trump is intellectually unprepared to be a president”.

There’s no doubt that “committed Democrats suffering from the so-called TDS (Trump derangement syndrome)” regard this as an axiom that hardly needs any proof, he adds.

The House speaker has a long record of attacking Trump: in 2017, Pelosi, then House Minority Leader, promoted the idea of Trump-Russia collusion, something which turned out to be hot air as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe indicated; then in 2018-2019, she fought with Trump over the border walls; in 2019, she spearheaded an impeachment effort against the president which ended in Trump acquitted by the Senate; then in 2020 the speaker relentlessly lambasted Trump over the global COVID pandemic, American racism and “inadequate” police reform.

“Sadly for many Democrats themselves, the Democratic Party does not have a candidate with a viable and exciting program of addressing numerous ills that have plagued the United States recently”, the professor says. “Consequently, their only claim to distinction is the fact that Joe Biden is not Donald Trump. Democrats, therefore, will continue with their politics of accusations: ‘Trump this’, ‘Trump that’, in the hope of galvanizing their base and attracting independent voters who might be convinced by Trump’s moral and intellectual failures”

‘Pelosi’s Echoing Bolton Says a Lot About Dems’

The fact that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are citing John Bolton’s assessment of Trump says a lot more about them than it does anything about the president, stresses Max Parry, an independent American journalist. According to him, it specifically indicates to what extent “the national security state and the Democratic Party structures have merged together since the 2016 election”.

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