Nancy Pelosi's State of the Union screw up

Monica Showalter:
It started as the epitome of arrogance. House speaker Nancy Pelosi sent President Trump a letter, calling on him to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address until the government shutdown ends. She didn't even tell her fellow Democrats until after she did it, the latter being busy rounding up furloughed government workers to stand in the audience for the spectacle to shame Trump. It was all about security concerns, Pelosi claimed.

Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

As if, in the absence of security, President Trump couldn't send some drones and electronic detectors, which Pelosi insists would be better than a wall to guard the entire U.S. border.

As Hot Air noted, the whole thing was a lie. Security was there, and the move was little more than a bid to "de-platform" President Trump out of fear that his speech might just win. Now her entire argument is falling apart.

For starters, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the Secret Service is ready to provide security, while others said security is mainly the job of the Capitol Police, who are unaffected by the shutdown.

What does it add up to? The bid to de-platform Trump suggests that Pelosi knows she will lose if more images of her, such as this, go out, which they surely will in a State of the Union address, with her sitting behind him.

It also suggests that giving Trump a stage to make his case for a border wall, with "angel families" (families of Americans killed by illegal aliens) in the audience and getting shout-outs, as opposed to Democrats defending bureaucrats, will be Trump winning on optics yet again.
Optics have not been kind to Pelosi in this fight. 

First, she goes to Hawaii rather than negotiating with the President to bridge differences.  Then in the response she and Chuck Schumer made to Trump's address on why we need the border wall, she said Trump should agree to open the government and then they would negotiate. 

Trump then asked her would she ever agree in those negotiations to a border wall and she admitted she would not, so the open the government ruse was exposed as a Democrat scam and another example of bad faith in dealing with the issue. 

After she lied about her reasons for wanting to not do the scheduled State of the Union address, she was preparing to go on a government paid boondoggle to the Mi9ddle East and Afghanistan instead to negotiating in good faith to put government employees back to work and back to getting paid. 

She has been caught in one bad faith effort after another since she was sworn in as speaker.   She has been a disaster and a disgrace.


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