The annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch has been a bipartisan tradition in Washington going back to 1987, but this will be the first year in three decades that neither the president nor the vice president will attend the event. In the latest sign that the relationship between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has completely imploded, the president refused her invitation to the luncheon and released a statement blaming her for the ongoing feud.
“Since the Speaker has chosen to tear this Nation apart with her actions and her rhetoric, the president will not participate in moments where she so often chooses to drive discord and disunity, and will instead celebrate the rich history and strong ties between the United States and Ireland at the White House on March 12,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
“The relationship between our two countries has never been stronger, and the president looks forward to welcoming the Prime Minister of Ireland for the annual Shamrock Bowl presentation,” continued the statement.
In a response from Pelosi’s office, the House Speaker tried to claim the moral high ground.
“There has never been stronger support in the Congress and in the country for the U.S.-Ireland bilateral relationship,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said. “One would think that the White House could set petty, partisan politics aside for this historic occasion.”
This, coming from the woman who stood up and shredded Trump’s speech at the State of the Union address in February.
It’s hard to blame Trump for skipping the event. Any claims of “bipartisanship” went out the window the very moment Nancy Pelosi authorized the House to begin impeachment proceedings over charges that didn’t come within fifty miles of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” That was the moment Pelosi decided to use impeachment as a political weapon – the moment she decided that she knew better than the American people, who had elected this man to the highest office in the land.
That the effort failed miserably is some comfort, but it doesn’t change the fact that Democrats tried to usurp democracy with an outright coup.