I can’t help but think Nancy Pelosi is doing some jujitsu here.
I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.
It’s the last sentence that nails it. She’s basically telling the world — and Trump — that he’s small potatoes and she’s got more important things to worry about, like, oh, repealing daylight saving time or ordering something from Amazon.
Trump is pure ego and telling him he’s just not worth it will piss him off more than if she raised a huge stink and threatened him with impeachment. But this is tantamount to ignoring him, and he can’t stand that. “Oh, yeah!? I’ll show you I’m worth it!”
This is also a message to the more restive members of the Democratic caucus: cool it, people; he’s digging his own grave and all we have to do is stand by and watch.