Wednesday was an emotional day for the Pelosis.
As husband Paul, 82, clad in a head-concealing fedora, joined the nation’s first outgoing Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the unveiling of her portrait at the Capitol — an event that brought a former Speaker of the House to RINO tears — Paul’s accused hammer-wielding assailant, David DePape, 42, appeared before a San Francisco court to be arraigned on state charges that include attempted murder, first-degree residential burglary, elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and threatening family members of public officials.
DePape was also charged in federal court, the Daily Mail reports.
Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who served from 2011 to 2015 before the Freedom Caucus Republicans pushed him into retirement, paid tribute to Pelosi in a speech that left him choked up and conservatives outraged.
“Madam Speaker, I have to say, my girls told me, ‘Tell the Speaker how much we admire her,” Boehner said through tears.
“You’re one tough cookie,” he told Nancy.
“The younger generation today has a saying – ‘game recognizes game,'” he continued. “And the fact of the matter is no other speaker in the modern era, Republican or Democrat, has wielded the gavel with such authority or such consistent results.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 15, 2022
Taking the stage, Nancy Pelosi joked to Boehner, “I would have been a little disappointed if you did not get emotional.”
“He said so well, and I totally agree, we had our disagreements along the way, but we did not – we were not disagreeable to each other,” she said. “We tried very hard to bring people together – many different issues that were our challenges at the time.”
“My biggest challenge, which I failed at, was to get him to stop smoking,” she added. “And he’s still there, right? So thank you for honoring us with your presence today. It means a great deal to me. I was – he gave me the gavel. I gave him the gavel. I was present at his unveiling, and he is here today.”
On Twitter, few Republicans were warmed by Boehner’s moving tribute, prompting many to sound the “RINO” [Republican In Name Only] alarms.
“What a freakin’ joke,” one user tweeted. “Dude’s a RINO. Ugh.”
“They’re vampires. They never go away. Never get a real job,” another fumed. “Always supported by the ‘uniparty club’ that’s directly supported and sustained from the sweat of working class people.”
“This utter fool. Republicans are an embarrassment. Weak and stupid and broken men,” raged yet another. “D.C. is cursed, dying.”
What a freakin' joke. Dude's a RINO. Ugh. https://t.co/rgg62HvtZc
— Marilyn H. (@MarilynH1955) December 15, 2022
In her speech, Pelosi expressed her gratitude for her husband’s support of her far-too-lengthy career.
“Thank you to my dear husband Paul, my loving partner of life, my constant, constant pillar of support,” she said. “Thank you, Paul, and thank you for unveiling the portrait.”
In a stomach-churning moment of hypocrisy, the woman who has pushed for abortions on demand pointed to her faith as her motivation for serving.
“As you know, my public service is based on my faith, springs from my faith,” she said. “I’ll never forget the prayer that Father Privett delivered on the Floor during my swearing-in as Speaker in 2007, and it is so special that you are with us today.”
Pelosi also made clear that, while she will no longer swing that all-important gavel, we are not rid of her yet.
“In the coming Congress, as I had mentioned, I look forward to continuing my public service in the Congress where I began 35 years ago: a voice that will be heard for San Francisco,” she said. “No matter what titles my colleagues may have given me, my highest official honor will always be to speak for the people of San Francisco.”
Pelosi’s portrait will be the first of a female to hang in the Speaker’s Gallery in the Capitol.
You can watch the entire portrait unveiling ceremony here:
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