Skip to comments.Trump Calls Pelosi's Bluff: I Plan on Showing Up For My Speech, Based On Your Original Invitation
Posted on 01/23/2019 8:51:39 AM PST by Kaslin
Last week was dominated with pettiness and silliness, as President Trump responded to Speaker Pelosi's cheap 'State of the Union' stunt with some retaliatory theater of his own. Pelosi hid behind the Secret Service and DHS to raise bogus "security concerns," only to insult those very public servants when they contradicted her unfounded sloppiness. Then Trump foraged about for a hammer with which to clobber Pelosi in return, settling on the abrupt cancelation of an overseas trip. But since that display of mutual childishness, the president has made two smart plays: First, he adopted a constructive tone and approach in putting a compromise deal on the table over the weekend, making Democrats' preemptive rejection look small and stubborn. Even the Washington Post editorial board is starting to question Pelosi's posture as this impasse enters its second month. Democrats may not have been able to sign onto the entirety of Trump's BRIDGE Act-for-barriers exchange (these likely poison pills, intentional or not, would have needed to be addressed regardless), but at least it was a real effort to move from 'no' to 'yes.'
Second, as Katie mentioned yesterday, Trump has decided to press ahead with next week's regularly-scheduled State of the Union address, essentially calling Pelosi's bluff. She's using the shutdown -- which she's taking zero realistic steps to end -- as a pretext to reschedule, but Trump is rightly pointing out that she extended the invitation for January 29th during the shutdown:
Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options - including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance. While a contract is a contract, Ill get back to you soon! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
That was Sunday. The White House forged ahead on Tuesday. Pelosi asked, Trump accepted, and now he's indicating that it's his intention to show up and give the speech as planned. This leaves Pelosi with two bad options: (1) Formally rescind the invitation and try to bar Trump from delivering the annual address inside the House chamber, as has become the longstanding tradition, or (2) back down, then devise some other method of undermining his message. The first route would represent an escalation of pettiness and an unusual breach of protocol -- neither of which may play terribly well with the public, especially against the backdrop of her staunch refusal to negotiate a compromise. The second route would look like a surrender, and would raise additional dilemmas about how to handle the resulting optics. Allahpundit sees pitfalls ahead:
If she attends shell be stuck sitting there silently with a camera trained on her while Trump blames her and Democrats for the shutdown. And itll be personally humiliating for her to have quasi-disinvited Trump from delivering the speech, had her bluff called, and then left with little choice but to dutifully attend and endure the speech anyway. So she probably wont attend. But if she doesnt, the empty chair in-frame over Trumps shoulder while he makes his speech will reinforce all of the points hes made about Democrats over the past month. Theyre the ones who are being stubborn, not him. They hate him so much that theyve let this become personal, illustrated by an unprecedented SOTU snub by the new Speaker. Theyre so deep in the tank for illegals that they cant stand to sit there and listen for an hour while he warns the country about the risks of crime from across the border. Bad optics either way...The likeliest scenario is that Democrats boycott the speech en masse, handing POTUS 72 solid hours of Trump Derangement Syndrome material about them in the aftermath.
AP also wonders whom the Democrats might hypothetically select to offer real-time counter-programming, assuming they wouldn't wait around for the typical post-SOTU response. A joint Pelosi/Schumer appearance didn't work out terribly well last time, and showing favoritism toward any of the 150 or so Congressional Democrats running for president would be an internal nightmare. Why not let AOC loose to rant about the 'immorality' of the existence of billionaires, inform voters that they're living in a hellish dystopia, and warn about the impending 2031 apocalypse? Perhaps she could offer additional commentary on her Democratic critics while she's at it. Come to think of it, maybe the Speaker is better off just grimacing her way through the presidential speech, for which she set the date and time earlier this month.
But what if Pelosi opts not to allow the requested SOTU walk-through, basically blocking Trump through bureaucratic and scheduling means? Does Trump take his motorcade down Pennsylvania Avenue, uninvited, and dare Pelosi to literally refuse him entry to the House chamber? Does she really want to risk that sort of ridiculous and totally unnecessary confrontation? I'll leave you with Mitch McConnell getting some extra mileage out of the WaPo editorial I linked above:
Senate to Vote this Week to Fund Border Security, Government
ICYMI, The Washington Post Editorial board had this to say about Democrats outright refusal to negotiate. pic.twitter.com/nJ7XMjwEC9 Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 22, 2019
She’s gonna need a bigger Depends.
The optics of her telling him to get out or not allowing him in will be great.
This is going to be good.
The Capital belongs to The People.
3 popcorn SOTU.
Guy Benson just pissed me off to my limits. “Childishness” my butt.
It'll be fascinating to watch how the far-left chuckleheads in the House try to spin a refusal to permit President Donald J. Trump to fulfill his constitutional duty to keep Congress and the American people apprised of the state of the Union. Just fascinating! o_o
P.S. Yes, I know that I shouldn't technically be capitalizing the word "President" as seen in the first sentence, but it's so much fun to rattle the cages of the leftists at every possible opportunity. Heeheehee!
“Guy Benson just pissed me off to my limits. Childishness my butt.”
Well, his wife is Mary Katherine Hamm, a major Trump hater — so there’s that.
Literally a house divided against itself. We are entering dangerous times. Hopefully the Sargent-at-arms can arrest Nancy.
Just imagine If Paul Ryan had uninvited Obama?
STENY HOYER BREAKS WITH PELOSI, SAYS HE WOULD WELCOME TRUMP ON HOUSE FLOOR FOR SOTU ADDRESS
BY Henry Rodgers | Daily Caller Capitol Hill Reporter
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he would be willing to allow President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union address on the House floor, breaking with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Fox News Neil Cavuto asked Hoyer if hed be open to allowing Trump to address everyone in person.
Sure, Hoyer responded.
Cavuto then asked if he thought Pelosi would also allow Trump to give the speech on the House floor Jan. 29.
Look, I dont know what the discussions have been, so I dont want to say, Hoyer replied. He also said physical barriers are a part of the solution in his appearance, something Democrats have adamantly opposed.
The White House contacted the U.S. Capitol looking to schedule a walk-through for its staff Monday, despite being uninvited by Pelosi earlier in January.
House Democrats will still have to come to an agreement in order for Trump to give his annual address.
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The building belongs to us, but the House chamber belongs to the House.
Just as Queen Elizabeth gets the doors of the Commons slammed in her face and must ask leave to enter, the President cannot command the floor of the House unless, like Cromwell, he brings the army with him.
President Trump has the “professional politicians” of the democrat party and many RINOs not knowing whether to sh!t or go blind!!!!...*ROFL*
YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
Shes gonna need a bigger Depends.
Id hate to be her staffer that is assigned the task of changing her depends. ;-)
Perfect. That is the approach I hoped he would take.
Piglosi will fake an illness.
That’s what slackers do. To avoid work or school or any unpleasant job (like ending a humanitarian crisis or opening the government for business), they often will “call in sick”.
You heard it here first folks. Nancy will be a no show. Severe case of HUA. (Head Up Ass).
Just a couple of Navy Seals as chaperons will do.
How far does Nancy’s and the crazier fringe of the Democrat party extend? Is there an actual security threat. Would some of them actually try an assassination attempt, for instance?
Has anyone seen RBG? Will she be there in the front row?
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