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“Pot calling the kettle black” means “to criticize someone for a fault you also possess.” Matthew 7:5 says the same thing more pointedly: “You hypocrite! First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Why do these wise sayings come to mind after last week? Republicans, angry about Nancy Pelosi’s dismissive take-down of the president’s speech after his State of the Union address, reacted predictably. They denounced Pelosi’s ‘incivility,’ accused her of violating ‘decades of tradition,’ and demanded she resign. One of them averred that tearing President Trump’s speech in half was the ‘most classless act ever conducted in Congress.’

That’s an almost perfect description of President Trump’s behavior ever since he announced he wanted to be our president: uncivil, uncouth, no regard for tradition, and ‘the most classless act’ ever seen in American politics, and that’s saying something.

Pelosi’s one-second demonstration of what she thought about the president’s speech communicated a lot more than months of impeachment proceedings. When Trump’s apologists react as they do, they remind all of us that their obsequious loyalty to a person with no class makes them outstanding reporters of his faults.

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