With a Wednesday night floor vote, President Donald Trump became the third president in history to be impeached.
The President and the White House have furiously attempted to discredit Democrats' efforts to hold Trump accountable for his corrupt dealings in Ukraine. They've called the impeachment a sham and a hoax, but Trump was singing an entirely different tune in 2008, as a newly unearthed video shows.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Trump praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and expressed regret that she didn't impeach former President George W. Bush.
This video of Trump praising Pelosi and saying W Bush should've been impeached for lying is so great I can't stand… https://t.co/PWquBmfZWs— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1576698491.0
"Well, you know, when she first got in and was named speaker, I met her — and I'm very impressed by her. I think she's a very impressive person. I like her a lot. But I was surprised that she didn't do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush. It was almost — it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out of office, which personally I think would have been a wonderful thing."
Speaker Pelosi didn't seek an impeachment of Bush for his administration's shady war in Iraq, but she led the effort to impeach Trump for pressuring foreign leaders to open political investigations into his political rivals. Trump has since dubbed her "Nervous Nancy."
In the video, Trump goes on to defend Bill Clinton against his impeachment.
"I mean, look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant, and they tried to impeach him — which was nonsense. And yet, Bush got us into this horrible war with lies — by lying. By saying they had weapons of mass destruction. By saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be true."
Twitter users found the video more than a little revealing.
President Trump praised Speaker Pelosi & said she should have impeached President Bush. The video does not lie. Wh… https://t.co/h2ujyJKXGg— Mark S. Zaid (@Mark S. Zaid) 1576700244.0
This may look like an alternate reality, but it’s the same guy. The same, out of his freaking mind, guy. https://t.co/sDUDqjEbsu— Joel de la Fuente (@Joel de la Fuente) 1576709954.0
Where did this guy go? https://t.co/kMiNEQRufH— John E. Capobianco (@John E. Capobianco) 1576753641.0
On an extraordinary day, an extraordinary video. Trump on CNN hailing Pelosi, denouncing the Clinton impeachment as… https://t.co/63nQKrxzyO— Robert Benzie (@Robert Benzie) 1576704960.0
Priceless as always.. Reminder: Trump got elected through lies Trump pulled out of Paris accord with lies. Trump p… https://t.co/XTJcj3XDgG— The Wiseman Said🗨️ (@The Wiseman Said🗨️) 1576704397.0
Others noticed just how much the President has changed in temperament and ideology in the 11 years since the interview.
Please share this far & wide. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. BTW, watch his face & body; the ease w/which he speak… https://t.co/iA7SZCiqiE— Melissa Jo Peltier (@Melissa Jo Peltier) 1576717627.0
He's so coherent???? How is this the same person??????? https://t.co/D1EAB0sVRD— Cringey Kpop Fancam (@Cringey Kpop Fancam) 1576727039.0
1. I'd love to see this played at his trial; 2. Once upon a time Trump was able to speak in full, coherent sent… https://t.co/A3Y9V7lgPV— Eric Turkewitz (@Eric Turkewitz) 1576699678.0
Yes, this is a great clip to showcase the hypocritical nature of his words. But there's more to this clip than that… https://t.co/VfifWM2nbc— Brian Murray (@Brian Murray) 1576734262.0
As Trump spoke at a rally in Michigan, Pelosi presided over the final votes impeaching him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.