Two newspapers with noticeable “Acquitted” headlines were being proudly displayed by President Trump on Thursday morning. The president was waving them before a National Prayer Breakfast audience in his first appearance since he was declared not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial. Trump flaunted the headlines only a few feet away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
According to Fox News, “Trump first picked up a USA Today newspaper and presented it before the audience. He then put it down and picked up a copy of Thursday’s Washington Post, which had a similar headline.” The president later addressed the audience and “took some not-so-subtle swipes at Pelosi once more,” said Fox News.
President Trump arrives at 68th Annual Prayer Breakfast and holds up newspaper with headlines ACQUITTED!
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“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when you know that is not so,” he said. This statement is likely in reference to how Pelosi had publicly said during the impeachment process that she and fellow Democrats were “prayerful” and that she prays for the president.
The moment was payback “not only for impeachment but her conduct at the close of Tuesday’s State of the Union address.” Pelosi tore up the pages of Trump’s speech in full view of the camera.
The Senate has acquitted Trump on both articles of impeachment against him—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—following a weeks-long trial.