With their hands, their feet and their mouths, Democratic members made clear during and after the speech that they had significant objections to Netanyahu’s remarks — both in how they were delivered and in what they contained.
President Obama said that Netanyahu didn’t offer any “viable alternatives” to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wore a fierce expression during much of the speech and left the House floor before Netanyahu did, without greeting him, and saying later that she was insulted by the speech.
In a statement, Pelosi said she was “near tears” throughout the speech, “saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States . . . and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sat front and center before Netanyahu, keeping a stone face on several occasions when others stood to applaud.
On Sunday, she described Netanyahu’s position as “arrogance” in claiming that he spoke for all Jews: “He doesn’t speak for me on this,” she told CNN.
Leaving the chamber Tuesday, Feinstein called it a “powerful speech” but one that laid out no alternative to the talks now underway in Geneva. Netanyahu “doesn’t like what the deal is,” she said, again to CNN. “What he didn’t say was what would happen if there was no deal.”