It’s hard to believe, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Osama bin Laden have something in common: they each have an opinion of Donald Trump! Without knowing either personally, it’s hard for me to confirm this factually. Still, based on the public statements and personas of each, I’m pretty sure the pair don’t find themselves on the Christmas card list of the other. And it’s doubtful they’ll be sharing Thanksgiving dinner.
So what’s this all about? Thursday, each weighed in with their thoughts about President Trump. While it certainly will come as no surprise that Nancy Pelosi despises Donald Trump and that she’ll do just about anything within her powers to remove him from the presidency, you just MIGHT be surprised at what she has up her sleeve today.
A “New” Arrow in Democrats’ Quiver
Pelosi made a dramatic announcement during her weekly press conference Thursday by telling reporters that she intends to discuss a constitutional measure to remove President Trump from office, following questions regarding Trump’s health as he recovers from coronavirus! The 25th Amendment allows the vice president to become acting president if it is determined that the president “is unable to discharge his office’s powers and duties.”
“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow,” Pelosi said. “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
Pelosi had earlier questioned the status of Trump’s health and exactly how long he has had COVID-19. “I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President,” Pelosi said. “There’s one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test?” Pelosi said that this information is necessary to “make a judgment about the actions taken after that.”
“Let us see a date, a time when you last tested negative,” she added.
The 25th Amendment requires a declaration of the president’s inability from the vice president and either a majority of either the heads of executive branch departments “or of such other body as Congress may by law provide,” to be sent to the speaker of the House — in this case, Pelosi — and the president pro tempore of the Senate — currently Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). While the amendment allows for Congress to pass a law that would create a body to sign off on such a declaration, Pelosi would have to convince Senate Republicans to go along with it. Plus, Vice President Mike Pence would also have to sign the declaration as well, which would be highly unlikely.
So how is the President doing? During a Fox Business interview Thursday morning, Trump said that he is “feeling good,” and does not believe he is “contagious at all.”
During a recent interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Pelosi discussed Trump’s nomination of a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pelosi gave a cryptic response when asked whether she and House Democrats would move to impeach the president or Attorney General Bill Barr to prevent the Senate from acting on the nomination. “We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said.
Are you somehow surprised? Is it shocking to hear the Speaker of the House — even if in jest, which it certainly was not — discuss the President’s removal with NO knowledge of anything to do with his physical or mental health. In doing so, Pelosi is ignoring the reports of the President’s health given by multiple doctors when at Walter Reed Medical Center and by his personal physician after his return to the White House.
The President is an American citizen. Every American must abide by every law duly passed by Congress and signed into law by the applicable president. In 1996 as part of the Balanced Budget Amendment Act, HIPPA was implemented as part of that law. What is HIPPA? “Health Information Protection and Portability Act.” HIPPA is the section of that law that protects EVERYONE from any person accessing, transmitting, or using the private health information of anyone without the patient’s “expressed, written permission to do so.” I’m pretty certain President Trump has not and will not authorize for any of his personal health records to be given to Pelosi. Doing so would be the same as giving it to the World.
What is Pelosi doing? She knows this charade is not going to happen. And even if she attempts this process, it will fail and fail miserably.
She’s posturing politically!
My opinion: she KNOWS Trump is going to win. But there’s more than the presidency in play here: the House Speaker’s position is in play.
Do you remember when AOC and “The Gang” took on Pelosi after the 2018 midterm election? They wanted her gone from being Speaker. So Pelosi cut a deal with the hard-left in Congress — The “Gang.” That deal, among other things, included her promise to move the House of Representatives further to the left. That included allowing legislative bills that include leftist concepts such as Medicare for All, The Green New Deal, and even impeachment of Donald Trump several times if necessary. Pelosi agreed to it all to protect the House Speaker position.
So why such lunacy just ahead of the election? By pushing the possibility of a second impeachment — which she has done already — and now adding the attempt to remove Trump through the 25th Amendment, she can honestly say to the House leftist “Gang,” “I did my best. I tried hard through impeachment and even the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, but I could NOT get enough support from members of Congress.” With those attempts, she feels she can quell any mutiny by AOC and “The Gang” to remove her as Speaker next year.
Don’t discount that idea! We know she’s smart and crafty. Couple those with her hatred for Trump, and Pelosi is willing to do just about anything to rid the nation of “President” Trump.
In fact, Speaker Pelosi said Thursday she’s backing a measure that would give Congress the power to determine whether the president is fit to remain in office by requiring him to undergo a medical exam.
Pelosi, will hold a press conference Friday to unveil “The Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act.”
The bill, first introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin in 2017, would create a commission appointed by Congress with the authority “to determine whether the President is mentally or physically unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office.” It would require the president to undergo a medical examination if ordered by a vote in the House and Senate.
Do you understand why she’s doing this? Her plan is principally to cover her left-wing base to attempt to preserve her Speakership. But she feels it simultaneously may make some voters who are on the fence about voting for Trump to reconsider.
Even if such a bill passes in the House it will never even make it to the floor of the Senate.
One really good thing popped up with this action:
Do you see now why a one-party system would destroy our nation?
180 Degrees Away…
Who would imagine that Osama bin Laden’s family member would support Donald Trump? But one is doing so now and has written another letter explaining that she receives more angst from Americans for her support of Trump than because she is the niece of Osama bin Laden!
Noor bin Laden took to ink and pen and authored another letter to Americans. But this time, it was to discuss Donald Trump and what is happening in America today. We publish it here because no one can better explain her feelings about Donald Trump and the United States.
In my experience, Americans are the warmest, most kind-hearted, and open-minded people in the world. I have found this to be true for my whole life, despite being the niece of Osama bin Laden and sharing the same last name (albeit spelled slightly differently — bin Ladin is the original translation). Americans base their judgment on the content of someone’s character and actions, not on their skin color — or their last name. This was reaffirmed last month after I voiced my love for America and support for President Trump. The response to ‘My Letter to America’ has been overwhelmingly wonderful, and I am most thankful to all those who took the time to read it and send kind messages, including Spectator readers. But in my private life, I have lost a few so-called friends for backing Donald Trump over the past five years. Coming out publicly was a step too far for some, and the vitriol I received for stating my political beliefs revealed unflattering sides to certain characters. From a sociological standpoint, it is quite interesting that in some elitist circles, being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than carrying the name bin Laden.
Even more striking were the contrasting reactions to President Trump’s COVID diagnosis. Gleeful comments devoid of compassion flooded social media, some even going as far as to wish for his death. Kim Jong-un showed more sympathy than many of the President’s detractors. Yet, for all the hate, there was an outpouring of love and well-wishes from his supporters. One take from a favorite Twitter account of mine (@HonorAndDaring) expressed it best: ‘Trump is the first and only President that I’ve actually cared about. That’s because he’s the first President in recent memory that seems to care more about Americans than an abstract ideology or just enriching his donors.’ Many Americans clearly feel this sentiment, who come out in droves for the President wherever he goes, including Walter Reed Medical Center during his stay: if he can’t hit the road, the rally comes to him.
And why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his record. He has stood up to China, kept America out of new wars, solidified ties with Israel, overturned the disastrous Iran deal, and obliterated Isis. Domestically, he removed handicapping regulations to American economic growth, rebuilt a depleted military, brought back manufacturing, and revamped dying industries by renegotiating trade deals and cutting taxes; he has achieved energy independence, curbed immigration — all of which contributed to setting record unemployment rates. He has tackled neglected issues such as human trafficking and unjust incarceration — and given America a chance at restoring her principles, pride, independence, and true place in the world as a beacon of liberty and hope for all.
I had intended to write this from London, but COVID quarantine restrictions prevented me from flying into the U.K. from Switzerland. I did try to skirt the rules, I admit, via neighboring countries, but to no avail. In proper Orwellian fashion, all traveling nowadays is monitored with mandatory governmental forms throughout Europe, even if your country isn’t on the quarantine list. I missed my goddaughter’s baptism as a result. Besides the sadness I felt from missing out on this, I thought of all those who couldn’t be with their loved ones before passing away during the lockdown, and was filled with dread at the prospect of what the future might hold: is the next step ‘no vaccine, no travel’?
At least I wasn’t subjected to a two-hour Black Lives Matter-themed play, The New Tomorrow at the Young Vic, unlike my friend who wasn’t so lucky last weekend. She was invited by a leftist friend of hers and, unknown to her before accepting the invitation, and the entire play was a BLM manifesto. Not surprisingly, she described the experience as a form of torture; her friend was enthralled. While I’m glad to miss out on London’s latest cultural trends, I was disappointed at having to cancel my reunion with friends — not least with Douglas Murray, whose book launch for The Madness of Crowds at the Spectator offices remains a firm highlight of last year.
Thankfully, these frustrations and let-downs are outweighed by hope, love, and trust. Seeing the uplifting images of Americans rallying around the President also warms my heart and lifts my spirits. I wish I could be there with them. You can be sure I’ll be on one of the first flights to America once restrictions are lifted — via London, to meet my goddaughter, of course.
Noor bin Laden