(CNSNews.com) - On the same day she asked House Democrats to write articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took part in a CNN town hall that focused on her momentous and controversial decision.
A student who identified himself as a registered Republican asked Pelosi Thursday night how she plans to unify the nation, as one side demands impeachment and the other side calls it a witch hunt.
“I myself think that one of the ways that America will heal is through the arts,” Pelosi answered.
“I truly believe that that's something where we find our common ground. You enjoy music together, you see a play, or a movie, you laugh, you cry, you're inspired -- you laugh, you cry.”
Pelosi began by saying that "some of that division was there before President Trump, but he has made it much, much worse."
She said she didn't want to talk about Trump. Instead, she listed all the issues that concern Democrats, including legislation that has passed the House and is now blocked in the Republican-led Senate (the predictable result of divided government).
Returning to the student's question, Pelosi repeated that "politics haven't always been this way, this divisive."
It's going to take some healing and it's going to take some repair, not just natural healing, but repair, to get us to a good place.
I myself think that one of the ways that America will heal is through the arts. I truly believe that that's something where we find our common ground. You enjoy music together, you see a play, or a movie, you laugh, you cry, you're inspired -- you laugh, you cry.
The poet Shelley once wrote the greatest force for moral good is imagination. Imagination, the creativity of it all, again, to share an experience in a way that puts aside your differences. Imagination, to put yourself in another person's shoes. And I think that that, plus a discussion, people talking to each other. We all have much more in common than divide us. And we have to find that common ground.
Host Jake Tapper noted that the impeachment effort is not at all bipartisan, as Pelosi once said it would have to be.
"There are no Republicans in the House who support either the impeachment inquiry, and it appears as though none of them are going to support impeachment itself. Does this mean that you're failing to meet the standard that you set in January?" Tapper asked.
"No, I'm saying the Republicans have failed to meet the standard of honoring their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," Pelosi responded.
After Pelosi blamed Republicans for the lack of bipartisanship on impeachment, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, had this reaction on Fox News:
That's really a cute angle for the Speaker to take. To say ok, it's the Republicans' fault because the Republicans just don’t understand their oath to their office. Yes, Miss Madam Speaker, we understand our oath of office.
It's not to persecute a president, that started in November 2016 in Brooklyn with tears rolling down your face because your candidate lost.
Now we have a president who's going after the things that he said he was going to go after; he's keeping his word, he had a phone call that there was nothing wrong with; He worked with President Zelensky to actually get corruption under control. And now you have a Speaker blaming us?
Collins called it "ridiculous."
"The country deserves better than this…what they're putting us through.
“I've heard her say the president's the one dividing us. I'm sorry, our democracy is at stake right now, because the Democrats keep going after a vote that was legally done, legally held. And they want to overturn 63 million voters. That's what this is about.”