Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, called for civility within Congress and the nation on Thursday after President Trump’s acquittal at his tense Senate impeachment trial and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s display at the State of the Union address.
“I was very close to the president at that speech, and [saw] Nancy Pelosi ripping his speech page-by-page and [throw] it down,” the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s ranking member told Smith.
“There will be a censure vote on the House [floor] today,” he added. “I hope it passes, but I don’t think it will.”
However, in a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Pelosi continued to stand by her actions.
“I tore up a manifesto of mistruths,” she said, echoing a previous statement. “I don’t need any lesson from anybody, especially from the president of the United States, especially about dignity…I think it was entirely appropriate.”
Pelosi accused President Trump of using Congress as a reality show and said that the president’s address was “not a State of the Union,” but the president’s “state of mind.”
Still, McCaul said it’s time for a truce.
“We need some civility in the chamber — more civility in this nation,” McCaul pleaded. “And I’m hopeful with this acquittal behind us that we can now move forward to get good things done for the American people. Because, after all, that’s what I think most Americans…that’s what they want. They want us to work in a bipartisan way to get good things done for the nation.”
“But Nancy Pelosi’s behavior was shameful on the House floor,” he added. “I think the president deserves an apology, but that won’t happen.”