Updated: Sep 27, 2019
This morning Donald Trump, the White House bully, belittled 16-year-old Greta Thunberg after her impassioned United Nations speech yesterday in which she told adults who are running the world that the world's ecosystem is collapsing and all they care about is making money.
"We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth," Thunberg said. "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe."
Trump's reaction? He sent this sarcastic tweet:
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"
Of course, Trump's supporters will claim he was serious and being complementary. But those who know him know better.
"Parents in America and around the world: he went after a 16 year old girl yesterday. @realDonaldTrump unfit to serve," tweeted former Trump Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci today.
Just another typical day for Trump the White House bully. Now he targets 16-year-old school girls. It's a wonder he hasn't come up with a derogatory nickname for her.
But then, later this afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid down the hammer and announced that the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, charging him with betraying the nation's security by trying to enlist a foreign power to uncover dirt about potential Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said in 5 p.m. remarks in which she invoked the nation’s founding principles. She said Trump “must be held accountable — no one is above the law.”
The impeachment inquiry stems from the whistleblower scandal involving Trump's reported efforts to convince officials of the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation of Biden's son, Hunter, regarding his work as a board member of an energy company in the Ukraine.
Trump, of course, whined and moaned on Twitter and claimed "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" and House Republicans accused Democrats of a partisan rush to judgement.
Then, later in the evening, it was reported that the White House was preparing to release that whistleblower complaint to Congress. That comes after Trump said earlier he would release the transcript of his phone calls with the Ukrainian leader.
Interesting what a little impeachment pressure will do, isn't it?
We'll see how this turns out. But one thing is clear after the day's events. Trump might get away with bullying a 16-year-old climate activist, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quite another matter.
"Can you believe this?" he said in a late afternoon tweet storm.
Believe it, Mr. President. Believe it.