Donald Trump’s West Wing aides have reportedly been trying to impress upon him that the shutdown is entering dangerous political territory and they need to find a way out.
“There’s going to have to be a reality check moment that what he signs might not be what he’s been saying he needs,” one anonymous official told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t see how this can stretch much longer without becoming disastrous for everyone.”
But Trump’s other advisers over at state-run Fox News are telling him otherwise, according to Media Matters for America. “Fox & Friends could level with its audiences — which includes the president — and let them know that he’s lost the argument,” writes Matthew Gertz. “Instead, the hosts are still telling them that Trump has the upper hand, implying Speaker Nancy Pelosi will inevitably need to submit to his demand for the wall.”
Gertz tweeted out a quote from Fox host Steve Doocy suggesting that even Democratic voters are blaming Pelosi. “I was talking to a guy who has voted Democratic his entire life in New Jersey yesterday,” Doocy relayed, “and he said ‘I can’t believe that she is not even willing to sit across the table and negotiate.'”
Great anecdote. Looked at the polls lately, Ace?
Notice a couple of facts:
Republicans are absolutely obsessed with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, to the point of bordering on madness. The Washington Post notes that as an outspoken young woman of color and a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America who represents a diverse, urban district, Ocasio-Cortez is the future of America and its changing demographics. This scares the crap out of those who are determined to live in the past. They pine for the days when white men ruled absolutely everything, and people of color and women were seen and not heard.
As a result, many on the right spend their days actively trying to discredit everything about her—from her intelligence, to her clothing, to her perceived inability to afford housing in Washington, D.C., one of the most expensive cities in the country.
Republicans Ed Rollins and Rush Limbaugh recently dismissed Ocasio-Cortez as a “little girl” and “some young uppity.” The Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry tweeted a photo of her in November and wrote that she doesn’t “look like a girl who struggles.” The Daily Caller promoted what it described as a possible “nude selfie” of her last week before walking back its headline.
Note: “uppity” is the word often used to describe people of color who don’t know their place. But we should expect nothing less from the racist party of Donald Trump.
The Republican obsession with AOC, as she is known to many, is so bizarre and scary that even some Republicans are questioning their colleagues about it.
That would make sense, if Republicans were sensible. But they have zero substantive policy ideas to offer Americans and their party leader spends his days tweeting hateful things about his enemies so they have devolved into insults, sexism, and lies about the newest and youngest member of Congress. Her GOP critics say that they are fighting the promotion of socialist ideas. But really, she’s a convenient distraction from their obvious inability to govern, and their old, angry white male impotence.
For her part, Ocasio-Cortez remains unbothered by Republicans. She has more than 2 million followers on Twitter and regularly uses her social media platform as well as her growing media influence to clap back at Republican insults.
“It’s encouraging because this is my sixth day in Congress and they’re out of all their artillery,” she said in a recent interview. “The nude is supposed to be like the bazooka. You know, like, ‘We’re going to take her down.’ Dude, you’re all out of bullets, you’re all out of bombs, you’re all out of all this stuff. What have you got left?”
To answer her question: they’ve got absolutely nothing left. But, sadly, they’ll keep trying. Meanwhile, the rest of us are looking forward to seeing what she’ll do in Congress. Here’s an idea: For 2019, let’s see if we can have more videos of AOC dancing while simultaneously leading a progressive wave in the House. Now, that will really drive Republicans insane!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just thrown a huge monkey wrench into President Donald Trump’s prime time plan to blame Democrats for the shutdown.
Citing security concerns on Wednesday, Pelosi called on the president to delay his State of the Union Address — or submit it in writing — if the government was still shut down.
Meanwhile, Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller was planning to blame Democrats for the shutdown as a centerpiece of the annual speech.
Trump and Miller have just been castrated by Pelosi. She’s the mother of five . . . she knows how to handle immature bratty children.
If Trump now reopens government , he visibly surrenders to Pelosi.
If Trump keeps government closed, he bleeds support faster. Workers miss next paycheck, air travel delays, government services fail, and economy stalls.
Trump built the trap and walked into it. Pelosi just locked it behind him.
As the Trump shutdown drags on with no end in sight, some Republicans are saying publicly that they think House Democrats will cave to Trump’s demands to keep the government closed until he gets funding for the border wall he promised voters Mexico would pay for and that Republicans declined to fund when they controlled Congress. Republicans who think Democrats will fold are dreaming.
In a new piece, Washington Post writer Colby Itkowitz praises Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for playing “hardball” with Trump by canceling his State of the Union address until the government reopens.
“The brilliance in her latest move is that nothing will enrage Trump more than having a nationally televised speech where he gets to talk for 45 minutes about himself and his administration’s accomplishments taken away,” Itkowitz writes.
After eight years of dealing with the Obama administration, Trump and the Republicans seem unprepared for the “emasculation of the president” through Pelosi’s tactics.
“It seems Trump and the White House may have misjudged how Pelosi and the Democrats would respond to their line-in-the-sand refusal to reopen the government without an additional $5.7 billion in border wall funding,” she writes. “Rather than cave to that demand, Pelosi has brought bill after bill to the floor to reopen some or all of the government and put it on the Senate Republicans to act.”
A bipartisan group of senators has come together to work on a package that would reopen the federal government for the next three weeks to allow time to hammer out a potential agreement on immigration — but the Trump White House is apparently not on board.
CNN’s Manu Raju, by way of CNN White House reporter Abby Philips, reports that the White House “is lobbying Republican Senators not to sign a letter asking Trump to reopen the government for three weeks while they work on an immigration deal.”
Trump aides fear that the letter, which is being drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), would break the “unity” that the Republican Party has shown so far in the shutdown fight, even though multiple Republican lawmakers so far have voted with House Democrats to reopen parts of the federal government and several GOP senators have said they want to reopen the government without funding the president’s border wall.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to draw plaudits for her skillful handling of the showdown over the federal shutdown that President Donald Trump instigated by refusing to sign any funding bill that didn’t including billions for the wall he promised voters Mexico would pay to build.
In a new Washington Post column, conservative writer Jennifer Rubin mocks the idea that Democrats would ever want another leader in the House given Pelosi’s ability to handle Trump.
“To say Speaker Nancy Pelosi has mastered the art of dealing with President Trump would be a gross understatement. She fact-checked him in the Oval Office on live-TV, passed spending bills to re-open the government and thereby reinforced Trump’s responsibility for the shutdown,” Rubin writes. “You wonder why in the world Democrats ever considered replacing her. She knows she has power, she willingly and skillfully deploys it and, as she has said, as a mother of 5 kids, knows how to handle a toddler’s meltdown.”
As a grandmother, Pelosi understood what Trump craved and has been able to read the tea leaves on Trump’s plummeting popularity with his demographic base as the shutdown drags on.
“Unlike Trump, many don’t view the wall as a dire issue but 58 percent do see the shutdown as a ‘very serious’ matter,” she writes. “We don’t know how this will end, but should the shutdown create a serious safety hazard or take a big chunk out of the economy, there is little doubt who’s going to get the blame. And Pelosi knows it.”
Read the full column here.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is reportedly being ground down mentally by the challenges of working for President Donald Trump.
One Republican source tells Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman that Giuliani “hates the job” of being the president’s attorney because “Trump is very hard to deal with.”
Additionally, Giuliani has been telling associates lately that he expects special counsel Robert Mueller will release the first part of his final report dealing with whether Trump obstructed justice in his efforts to fight investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and he fears the report will be “horrific” for Trump.
“[Giuliani] is very worried about the report,” the source said.
“Rudy thinks it will be soon,” said another person of Giuliani’s expectations for Mueller’s report. “It’s only a matter of time.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, Republican sources tell Sherman that they are utterly baffled by what the president is trying to achieve with his strategy on the government shutdown.
“People are looking around asking, ‘What’s the play call?’” one Republican tells Sherman. “He’s calling plays from the line of scrimmage. This was not played well. He’s in a pickle now, and I don’t see a way out.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t just have his knives out for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — he also has unkind words for President Donald Trump’s entire inner circle.
Axios has published a new excerpt from Christie’s book, called “Let Me Finish,” that’s due to be released later this month. In it, Christie slams Trump for surrounding himself with multiple criminals and other hangers-on who know how to flatter the president’s ego.
Specifically, Christie claims that the Trump White House is staffed by a “revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia.”
Christie also claims that Trump’s presidency would have been far more effective had he been allowed to stay on as the transition chief before getting ousted at the behest of Jared Kushner.
“I did everything I could to make sure my friend Donald reached the White House fully prepared to serve,” Christie writes. “But a handful of selfish individuals sidetracked our very best efforts. They set loose toxic forces that have made Trump’s presidency far less effective than it would otherwise have been. If this tragedy is ever going to be reversed, it is vital that everyone know exactly how it occurred.”
This is Virginia state senator Amanda Chase, hard-right theocratic nutcase speaking before a Virginia State Senate committee. Why is she carrying a pistol?
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Sounds good to me.