January 30, 2023

Trump just threw a pathetic tantrum over his latest shutdown deal crashing and burning

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With the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, President Trump is now forced to face the reality of constraints on his presidential powers as the Constitution intended.


For Trump this new reality manifests itself through one person — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has made it clear that the mandate Democrats received from voters in the midterm who rejected the Republican agenda prohibits the misallocation of taxpayer dollars to the president’s ridiculously primitive and ineffective proposed panacea to border security, his precious wall.

Trump’s obstinate refusal to reject the will of the American people and his new obsession with Speaker Pelosi as the totem of the opposition to his unbridled desire to subvert the basic Constitutional principles our nation was founded upon led to a series of early morning tweets from the president attacking the Democratic leader today.

Trump inexplicably blames Pelosi for his decision to appear on TV and make an offer he had already been told was unacceptable. As Trump destroys the economy by refusing to reopen the government without getting his authoritarian way, he brags about how the “Best economy!” — one whose rise was merely a continuation of President Obama’s recovery after the last Republican economic debacle — will lead to a Republican victory in 2020.

He conveniently ignores the fact that House Democrats have already passed legislation that reopens the government, legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring to a vote because Trump has vowed to veto it. Instead of playing this type of game, Trump “should do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work.”

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Since Trump’s proposal to hold DACA recipients hostage for his border wall funding was as poorly received by his bigoted base as it was by Democrats, his next tweet was aimed at mollifying his right-wing supporters who criticized his new proposal as a betrayal of their white nationalist ideology.

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He subverts his own objective and undermines the usefulness of this already rejected proposal as a bargaining chip by warning Pelosi that his temporary acceptance of the Dreamers could all be reversed at his whim.

“I’m not the crazy one! You are! And your mother’s ugly, too!” the president may as well be saying in this hypocritical, politically motivated tweet by a man bullied by Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other unelected right-wing mouthpieces into rejecting the already passed Senate legislation that would have prevented the shutdown.

Someone apparently has never taught the President how to use Twitter’s direct message function since this barely comprehensible tweet personally addressed to Speaker Pelosi was sent out for everyone to see.

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It’s uncertain what Trump is attempting to do here. Pelosi’s initial letter to Trump suggested postponing the State of The Union until after the shutdown is over, but didn’t officially withdraw the invitation to address a joint session of Congress.

Trump petulantly responded by refusing to allow Pelosi the use of a military aircraft to visit NATO allies and Armed Forces commanders in Afghanistan and then took the unprecedented step of revealing her travel plans on commercial flights jeopardizing the operational security of the Speaker’s trip which she subsequently had to cancel as a result.

No written acceptance of Pelosi’s offer to postpone the State of The Union address has been made public, so Trump’s perplexing remarks about “a contract is a contract” defy explanation, except to note that in the operation of his businesses, contracts to pay his vendors for the work that they performed mattered little to the deadbeat real estate developer known for stiffing contractors after the work they had done had already been performed.

If only Trump would put the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers  suffering because of his government shutdown ahead of his own ego and obsession with not being outmaneuvered by a strong female Democratic leader, our nation wouldn’t be in the precarious position it remains in as the government shutdown stretches into its second month.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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