Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are scrambling. They are pitted in a showdown with Trump, a man known for his above-average deal-making skills, and they have no way out.
They thought Trump would cave by now and have already been spotted gloating about the capitol and on vacation and on any media outlet that will have them.
But Trump didn’t fold, instead he took the fight to the Democrats and pulled out his ace in the hole – use the bully pulpit in a primetime speech from the Oval office to take his case directly to the American people. (Or just declare a national emergency and bypass Congress altogether.)
So Chuck and Nancy demanded equal time from the networks and they got it but not before they went out and ruined what goodwill they had left by bashing Trump’s address before hearing one word of it.
From The Daily Wire: That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond — something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents.
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
The top two Democrats in Congress went on to say, “The facts are clear: President Trump has the power to stop hurting the country by re-opening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown.”
The federal government partially shut down on December 22 when Senate Democrats refused to support a House-passed bill that set aside $5.7 billion for security on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President’s expensive and ineffective wall,” they wrote.
“Unfortunately, President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills, which have already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate, to re-open the government.
Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can’t pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for.
“On Day One of the new Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation that honors our responsibility to protect the American people with funding for smart, effective border security solutions — just not the President’s wasteful and ineffective wall.”