‘Prayerful’ Pelosi has become the Tammy Faye Bakker of impeachment

Conservative commentator and author Mark Steyn mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fiery news conference appearance Thursday, where she cited her Roman Catholic faith as proof that she doesn’t “hate” President Trump, adding she continues to pray for him.

“I know that observing the ritual niceties of American politics requires making a boatload of industrial-strength hokum,” Steyn said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday. “But you and I and 300 million people across the country know that Nancy Pelosi isn’t praying for the president.”

At the news conference, Sinclair reporter James Rosen had asked Pelosi: “Do you hate the president?”

“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president,” Pelosi responded. “And I still pray for the president. And I pray for the president all the time, so don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

Steyn later criticized Democrats for the logic of their impeachment push.

“They claim for two years that Trump was colluding with Russia. Now they claim he was colluding with Ukraine. Russia, a couple of years back, just invaded Ukraine. So the enemy of the enemy of the enemy of the enemy, they’re all Trump’s friends,” Steyn said. “It doesn’t make any difference. And that’s the situation the Democrats have brought themselves into.”

The author later compared Pelosi to the late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who was later known as Tammy Faye Messner before her death in 2007.

“And this, they say this actual faux prayerfulness, this fake religiosity is one of the reasons that, you know, this whole thing is a scam,” Steyn said. “She’s coming on like Tammy Faye Bakker leading impeachment.”

DOES PELOSI HAVE THE VOTES ON IMPEACHMENT?

Earlier in the day, Tapper pointed out that Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., had broken with party leadership and announced his opposition to impeachment. That means opposition to impeachment is now bipartisan, even as no Republicans have supported impeachment — a blow to Pelosi, who has previously said impeachment would need to be bipartisan.

But, Pelosi made clear her mind had changed on that point.

“The facts are clear,” she told Tapper at the town hall. “The Constitution is clear. The president violated the Constitution. And so I think it is important for us to proceed. If we were not to proceed, it would say to any president, any future president, whoever she or he may be, Democratic or Republican, that our democracy is gone, the president is king, he can do whatever he wants in violation of the law, ignoring the acts of Congress, undermining our system of checks and balances.”

The speaker also elaborated on her outburst earlier in the day after a reporter asked her whether she “hates” the president. Pelosi, at the time, emphasized that she was a Catholic and does not hate anyone, although she said she felt Trump was a corrupt coward.

“The word ‘to hate’ a person, that just doesn’t happen,” Pelosi said at the town hall. “The word ‘hate’ is a terrible word. You might reserve it for vanilla ice cream for something like that, I’m a chocoholic, but not for a person. And so for him to say that was really disgusting to me. And of course he was quoting somebody else.”

Pelosi further argued that Clinton was impeached for “being stupid,” in response to Republican claims that Democrats were hypocritical on the issue. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., had blasted impeachment in 1998 as the “undoing of a national election” and argued that it should be reserved for extreme situations.