January 30, 2023

Nancy Pelosi just sent Trump a letter demanding that he postpone his 2019 State of the Union Address

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union Address unless the government re-opens this week to secure the event.


The newly reminted Speaker tweeted her ‘request’ this morning, though it’s not really Trump’s option to plow ahead with the speech’s original January 29th prime time slot if she decides to re-schedule because of the President’s government shutdown.

Doubtless, Pelosi understands that Donald Trump is desperate to speak on national television in an hour long, uncut prime-time slot traditionally broadcast on all networks, without real-time fact-checking or commercials.

But the Democratic leader explained that the issue is a declaration from Trump’s own Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen which designates the event a National Special Security Event requiring “the full resources of the Federal Government to bear,” and which cannot be accomplished without workers who are currently furloughed.

CNN asked the House Democratic Majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) what Pelosi’s letter means, and his response was emphatic.

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Trump’s harmful shutdown began after the GOP-led Senate voted to approve a budget package submitted by the President’s Acting Chief of Staff on his behalf, which included  $1.6 billion requests for border security funds, but racist right-wing talk radio hosts like Ann Coulter advised him to request more money for “The Wall.”

Now, Trump’s in a political box and Republicans are totally abdicating their responsibility to govern by passing the Senate’s funding bill when Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a floor vote for the second time yesterday.

Outside of keeping the government shutdown each week Sen. McConnell, is keeping out of sight and speechless while obsequiously doing anything the President wants.

Now, the President’s shutdown is about to cancel the one thing that Donald Trump cares about more than anything else, lots of national television prime-time exposure on all of the networks to spew his lies.

That means Speaker Pelosi’s bold letter to cancel the State of the Union Address could become the proverbial straw which breaks the President’s back on his pipe dream of funding for “The Wall.”

Grant Stern

Editor at Large

is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also a mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition, and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.

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