I sometimes wonder if the Democratic leadership in Congress really thinks their melodramatic anti-Trump histrionics are convincing us. I guess they look at Trump’s approval ratings and figure it’s working, since any other President with his record would be rated much higher, so we’re doomed to more bad community theater like yesterday’s press conference.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Minority Leader Chuck “You know I’m very serious because my glasses are all the way down to the tip of my nose” Schumer walked out of a White House briefing on Syria and rushed straight to the cameras to bemoan how badly they were treated.
Pelosi breathlessly declared, "What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say," later adding, "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that -- I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now, we have to pray for his health -- because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the President."
(Show of hands: how many really believe that Nancy Pelosi prays all the time for Donald Trump to have good health? Yeah, that’s what I thought.)
The others made similar claims of being shocked and outraged by how rude Trump was to them, even allegedly referring to Pelosi as a “third-rate” or “third-grade” politician (you can debate among yourselves which term would be more accurate.) In response, a White House spokesperson called the Democrats’ walkout “baffling but not surprising,” adding, “While Democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.
I’m not going to bother to recap in full what both sides claim happened in the meeting. You can read that at the link. Besides, I wasn’t in the meeting, so I don’t know for sure. I do know that if I really thought that being at the meeting was a matter of life and death, as Democrats claim the Syria policy is, I wouldn’t storm out over a petty personal sleight, but that’s just me.
I’m sure the Democratic leadership thought their production of “Hamlet” (“More in sorrow than in anger…”) was very impressive, but I’d give it one star at best. Imagine the gall of these haughty, thin-skinned posers, pretending to be stunned and aggrieved that the President was “rude” to them, after they’ve only spent nearly three years trying to impeach him without grounds; calling him a liar, con man, crook, insane, a Russian spy and more; and currently attempting to oust him from office in a bloodless coup through a series of locked-door, due process-free hearings based on unchallenged hearsay from anonymous partisan sources.
When they went into their whine about Trump not showing the proper respect due to the leaders of a co-equal branch of government, my eyes rolled so far back in my head, I swear I saw my own brain.
This may be a futile gesture, but on behalf of millions of Americans I’ll say it anyway:
If you really think Trump’s Syria policy is so dangerous, then put your massive egos on the back burner for an hour or two, meet with the President and argue for your position like adults. But before you accuse Trump of being mentally unstable for trying something different than what we’ve been doing for years, bear in mind that one of the most popular definitions of “insanity” is to keep doing something that doesn’t work over and over and expecting a different result.
If you wonder why I’m hesitant to swallow anyone’s account of what was said in a private White House meeting I wasn’t a part of, maybe it’s because I’ve had to talk about too many “fake news” stories such as this:
Just days after ABC News ran footage from a Kentucky gun range and claimed it was Syrian violence, they circulated a callous alleged Trump quote about the Kurds that went viral before it was revealed not to be accurate.
So I refuse to make any judgements about whether or not Trump called Nancy Pelosi a “third-rate politician” until there is definitive proof. I mean proof that he said it; I think we already have more than enough proof that she is a third-rate politician.
Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: some “fake news” about Democrats!
I reported yesterday that three of the far-left House members known as “the squad” had or planned to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. That story was widely reported, but it’s now being reeled back.
Only Ilhan Omar has officially endorsed Bernie. AOC and Rashida Tlaib have yet to make endorsements, and Ayanna Pressley may be holding off because she and Elizabeth Warren are both from Massachusetts.
So story corrected, although it was easy to believe. You’d expect them to endorse the socialist, right? But then, after listening to all these recent debates, I can understand why they might be confused over which one is the card-carrying socialist and which ones are just amateur socialists.