Pelosi’s hyperbole: Speaker assures America she’s keeping Trump from launching nukes
With the tragic riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, President Donald Trump will soon leave office under a heavy, dark cloud.
That terrible and regrettable display by many of his followers will overshadow his record, and give Democrats and the media – although that’s redundant – political cannon fodder for years to come.
You can count on that – just like you can TOTALLY also count on these centrist, cautious Democrats to bring down the temperature, restore calm and promote unity.
Joe Biden tried his hand at it. He did so with his well-measured comments that the Trumpsters – four of whom died on Wednesday – would have been treated far differently by authorities had they been Black Lives Matter. “We all know that’s true,” he said. Sure, had the Capitol and D.C. police treated Trumpsters like BLM, the rioters would have all walked away with new big-screen TVs and iPhones, as cops stood by.
But let’s credit Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In these troubled times, she, too, seeks to be as subtle and reassuring as the Calm app – as The Washington Times shared on Friday.
According to the Times, Pelosi announced that she had reached out to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for some advice just in case Trump wanted to start a nuclear war on the way out the door.
Pelosi says she talked Chairman of Joint Chiefs about taking nuclear codes from Trump https://t.co/wDdNkdoyKf
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 8, 2021
In a letter to the rest of the House, the speaker, who is more than old enough to know better, wrote, “This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
“The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
The Democrats and the media – again, that’s redundant – will never admit it, but painting Trump as some kind of warmonger – a la President Greg Stillson in Stephen King’s classic “The Dead Zone” – is arguably the most dishonest thing in an era of absolute, gutless media dishonesty.
Trump will leave office as the first president since annoying peacenik Jimmy Carter to not start a fresh war somewhere in the world.
But there are a couple of points beyond that not so insignificant trivia, especially if you’re among the men and women who have to fight such a war.
First, launching nuclear weapons is not an easy thing. Trump has sole authority to order such a strike. But it’s inconceivable, especially at this point, after Wednesday’s violence, that any U.S. general or admiral is gonna agree to a launch order and go all Gen. Jack Ripper – look him up kids – and follow Trump down this road. The U.S. military can ignore unlawful orders.
Moreover, the public should know that Democrats and the media – again, redundant – have sought to scaremonger with this topic since Trump was a candidate.
Trump once said that some unknown jerk with a loose nuke and a grudge against America was something that kept him up at night. Yet in our “through the looking glass” political culture, that became Trump has the itchy trigger finger.
Five months before the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, who as secretary of state actually did involve American troops in a foreign war, said, “This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes. It’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.” Yes, we should have give those codes to someone who is so stable and secure that she sought help in the election from our enemies and still reminds people she was actually elected president that year – except that darn Electoral College thingy.
Writing in Politico in 2016, Bruce Blair, an alleged nuclear security expert at Princeton, argued, “If he were president, Donald Trump … would be free to launch a civilization-ending nuclear war on his own any time he chose.”
Wonder who ol’ Bruce voted?
The point is who does Nancy think Trump would nuke? He sucks up to every evil dictator on earth, according to Democrats and media (again, you know).
Well, on the other hand, there’s Trudeau and Macron.
Maybe Pelosi’s really afraid he would eyeball San Francisco for a first strike, and that few people would disagree.