They were dead wrong.
Under 24 hours later, after Trump was acquitted by the Senate on both impeachment articles, the feud intensified as Trump took a standard folding chair and bashed Pelosi on the back with it sending her sprawling into the House Gallery. He then yelled, “Impeach this!”
The move drew a wild ovation by partisan Republicans but left Democrats smoldering and figuring out when their next retaliatory move should be.
Vice President Mike Pence just stood back in silent horror.
A source close to the president said the move was not planned. But the progression of events — the snub and the tear and now the folding chair bashing— perfectly encapsulate the growing chill that has defined the Trump-Pelosi relationship.
“I mean he went to his go-to move from his WWF days,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) mused as she left the chamber. “Nancy clearly needs to buff up if she wants to hang in this league.”
It is speculated that the next joint-chamber event will feature a proper wrestling mat in the center of the floor so that the distinguished legislators can do battle appropriately.