President Trump took a well-deserved victory lap at a Prayer Breakfast this morning.
But I think it was much more than that.
I think he was putting the entire Deep State cabal on notice that he’s ready to fight back.
They all got to take their best shot at him for over 3 years and nothing stuck.
And I think he just told them the tables are about to be turned.
With Pelosi in attendance just five seats down, he said this:
“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. Pelosi had publicly said during the impeachment process that she and fellow Democrats were “prayerful” and that she prays for the president.
Fox News had more:
President Trump proudly displayed two newspapers with blaring “Acquitted” headlines Thursday morning, waving them before a National Prayer Breakfast audience in his first appearance since he was declared not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial.
The president brandished the headlines mere feet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,D-Calif., after both arrived at the breakfast.
President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with the headline that reads "Trump acquitted" during the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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.
He later addressed the audience and took some not-so-subtle swipes at Pelosi once more.
"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. Pelosi had publicly said during the impeachment process that she and fellow Democrats were "prayerful" and that she prays for the president.
Trump also called impeachment a "terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people."
For Trump, the moment was payback not only for impeachment but her conduct at the close of Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Following his speech, Pelosi tore up the pages of the speech in full view of the cameras, shocking lawmakers.
The Senate, meanwhile, on Wednesday acquitted Trump on both articles of impeachment against him—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—following a weeks-long trial.