Grandma Pelosi Shuts Trump Down Like An Angry Toddler And We Are So Here For It

Former reality show star and alleged president Donald Trump tried to bully Democrats into funding his fantasy border wall today by threatening a government shutdown over Christmas. He even took the rare step of bringing the press into the Oval Office to televise his meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, as he expected to make some verbal smackdowns and gaslight everyone as usual.

Things didn’t work out according to plan, however, for the Democratic congressional leaders were not playing his game. Instead, they made Trump look weak and pathetic for more than 15 minutes until he ordered reporters out of the room again.

Not that it helped. “The private part of the meeting apparently was not much more productive than what the public saw,” the Washington Post reports.

What Americans did get to see was embarrassing enough, though. When Trump asserted that there were enough votes in the House to fund his border wall,  Pelosi reminded him that Democrats recently won control of that body. Unable to back down, the narcissist-in-chief claimed that “If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them in one session. It would be done.”

“So go do it,” Pelosi replied, demonstrating the tenacity of a grandmother confronted by a boasting, petulant child.

“The country does not want a Trump shutdown,” Pelosi told Trump from the beginning. Her sentences were declarative, based in hard realities: “You will not win.” She would not accept his lies as the basis for any conversation: “It’s not transparency when we don’t stipulate to the same facts.”

Her attitude seemed to have rubbed off on Schumer. “You want to shut down the government, we don’t,” he told Trump.

This unified resistance brought out the worst in the president, who threatened to use the Pentagon as his border wall construction agency. “If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government,” he said.

After several minutes of back and forth with Trump, Schumer drew an amazing statement out of the amateur president. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump said. “I will take the mantel, I will be the one to shut it down. I won’t blame you for it.”

It was a total surrender of all political leverage. Even the deans of Beltway bothsiderism were forced to recognize Trump’s statement as a stunning error in political brinkmanship. “The president taking ownership of any potential government shutdown hinders Republicans’ ability to pin the blame on Democrats,” Zachary Basu observed at Axios.

Meeting reporters outside the White House afterwards, Pelosi was swift to take advantage, saying that Trump “has the power to keep government open” while his party still controls both houses of Congress. And then she trolled him hard:

Pelosi and Schumer can be confident in their public support. According to a new poll from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist, 57 percent of Americans want Trump to compromise on his border wall, while only 36 percent of Americans surveyed think the wall is worth shutting down the federal government.

Even more important, however, is the fact that Donald Trump got visibly diminished in front of the whole world today. Nancy Pelosi has shown that he is not to be feared, and that can never end well for a president whose grip on his party is already slipping.

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