Nancy Pelosi Claims Constitution Gives Her Equal Power to President Trump

Newly-installed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed Thursday that the Constitution gives her equal power to President Donald Trump.

The New York Times reported: “Asked if she considers herself Mr. Trump’s equal, she replied, ‘The Constitution does.’”

The context of her remarks was a discussion of the equality of women — but Pelosi’s reference to the Constitution made clear that she was also making an argument about actual power as a matter of law.

In her inaugural speech to the House of Representatives on Thursday, Pelosi sounded a similar theme, calling Congress “co-equal” to the presidency:

Our nation is at an historic moment. Two months ago, the American people spoke, and demanded a new dawn.

They called upon the beauty of our Constitution: our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the legislative branch is Article I: the first branch of government, co-equal to the president and judiciary.

By inference, Pelosi seems to believe, the leader of the legislative branch is equal to the president in power.

But there are several flaws in Pelosi’s analysis.

First, Pelosi does not lead the legislative branch. She leads only one chamber of that branch — and the House is generally considered the lower chamber relative to the Senate. Moreover, she only leads at the pleasure of her party, and is only one among equals. The Constitution mentions the “Speaker” but does not give the office special powers.

By Pelosi’s logic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could just as easily claim that he is equal to the president in power — and his claim would arguably hold more weight, given the pre-eminence of the Senate.

Second, the U.S. Constitution does not actually refer to the three branches as “co-equal” — a term that appears nowhere in the text. It is commonly held that all three share governing responsibility, but each has some ability to check the others.

Pelosi seems to suggest the legislature is the most important because it comes first under Article I, but the president has some leeway to act independently, especially in national security and foreign policy, and the courts can overturn legislation.

Third, Pelosi never argued that Republican speakers John Boehner or Paul Ryan were “equal” to President Barack Obama. In fact, she made a point Thursday of defending Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy — even though DACA was implemented in defiance of Congress.

President Obama also altered the Affordable Care Act — i.e. Obamacare — several times without any authorization from the legislature.

Pelosi defended the president and his usurpation of power — when that president was a Democrat.


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  • william couch
    Posted January 5, 2019 2:41 am 0Likes

    Just A MISQUIDED !!WOP !!

  • steve
    Posted January 5, 2019 2:56 am 0Likes

    Only in that senile old head of hers.

  • Tony Supak
    Posted January 7, 2019 3:18 pm 0Likes

    Tell me when did Mrs. Pelosi started believing in the constitution???????? And she is in love listening to here voice, that she thinks make her equal.

    Pride comes before the fall. Hope her injures aren’t to sever.

    Like I said she loves hearing her voice.

    The president is the most powerful person in the world, explain to me how does that makes her equal? The answer is a long way from being equal to the president.

    • Harold L Janssen
      Posted April 11, 2019 9:44 am 0Likes

      When is the press going to stop giving Cortez publicity every time she opens her mouth, nothing but shit comes out of her big mouth. All of these liberals think they have all the answers they should just pack there bags gone home s d shut there big mouths

      • Harold L Janssen
        Posted April 11, 2019 9:48 am 0Likes

        What do you mean waiting for moderation

  • L.M.
    Posted January 9, 2019 2:10 pm 0Likes

    Pelosi isn’t that smart to have any power in my opinion.

  • L.M.
    Posted January 9, 2019 2:12 pm 0Likes

    Pelosi isn’t smart enough to have any power in my opinion.

  • Ralph A Nettles Sr
    Posted March 30, 2019 8:16 pm 0Likes

    It really surprised me that misinformed Pelosi thinks she is equal to that of the office of the president. She is a wingback needs to retire now.

  • Debra Hansen
    Posted April 7, 2019 3:35 am 0Likes

    Pelosi is nothing but an old senile bag of wind. Time for retirement and take Shumer with you.

  • Newyc
    Posted April 7, 2019 6:05 am 0Likes

    Don’t understand how Nancy Pelosi thinks she is equal in Power to President Trump. Does she realize how much it takes to be a President? Listen to what others have to say:
    – ” She isn’t smart enough to have any power in his opinion.” – L.M.
    – “Pelosi is a wingback and needs to retire now.” – Ralph A. Nettles Sr.
    – “She is nothing but an old Senile bag of Wind … Time for Retirement and take Schumer with you.” – Debra Hansen.
    – “When did Mrs. Pelosi start believing in the Constitution ???? She is in love listening to her voice, that she thinks makes her equal …….” . – Tony Supak
    The President is the most Powerful person in the world, how does that make her equal? … There’s Vice-President Pence who may be equal to President Trump as he has the Powers vested by the Constitution, as Second in line to the President. But Pelosi? She is only 3rd in line as Speaker of the House. She is dreaming. Besides she is somewhere between 75-85 years old, time for Retiring Nancy Pelosi ! – newyc

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