Just a short time ago, the AP reported that Nancy Pelosi has asked President Trump to delay or even cancel giving his State of the Union Address.
Are you surprised?
Nancy Pelosi might be a nitwit, but she isn’t completely stupid.
When it comes to speaking directly to the people, President Trump’s powers of persuasion are undeniable – even to the new Speaker of the House.
And the last thing Nancy wants is for President Trump to have an hour or so to make the case to the American people for securing the border, building a Wall and stopping the unfettered flow of drugs, gangs, criminals and illegal aliens.
Of course that’s not the excuse Nancy is giving.
From the AP’s article:
Pelosi says the partial shutdown is raising concerns about security preparations for the speech. The California Democrat notes that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security have been without funding for almost four weeks.
The annual speech is perhaps the president’s biggest opportunity to present his agenda directly to the public.
Pelosi writes that “given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened.”
She’s also raising the possibility that Trump deliver the message in writing, as presidents once did.
It isn’t security concerns that prompted this letter; it’s her own fear of Trump’s powers of persuasion.
Pelosi knows the tide is turning in Trump’s favor as the Democrats have no coherent argument beyond the ludicrous one of “walls don’t work.” Americans aren’t buying.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 16, 2019
This is a Hail Mary to prevent Trump from making his case on the world’s stage.https://t.co/8T9YYIkfMA
Well, that and knowing that watching Democrats sitting on their hands and frowning when the President argues for keeping Americans safe will not play well among the American people.
Just remember back to last year’s SOTU.
The grumpy faces of the Democrats made for some really atrocious optics.
And despite the display of the grumpy-uglies from Democrats in the chamber, President Trump’s powers of persuasion hit home among the American people.
And that is precisely why Nancy wants the SOTU scrapped.
She knows the American people by a large margin already support increased border security and the construction of a border barrier. And given the President’s powers of persuasion, having an hour to further make the case will only increase that support.
The Democrats are already on the brink of losing this shutdown battle.
This isn’t about concerns over the shutdown. This is just Nancy trying to stop the bleeding.
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