After canceling President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Wednesday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held her weekly news conference the very next morning. Presumably watching the conference, Trump replied immediately by making a bold new promise about “the wall.”
In response to correspondence from President Donald Trump daring her to follow through with the suggestion to put off next week’s State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) canceled the annual speech on Wednesday.
“This afternoon, I sent @realDonaldTrump a letter informing him that the House will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi tweeted.
This afternoon, I sent @realDonaldTrump a letter informing him that the House will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened. https://t.co/r1oad0xEAh pic.twitter.com/kGEbayx95u
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 23, 2019
“When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down,” the Speaker wrote in a letter to the president. “In my further correspondence of January 16th, I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that,” she added.
“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi continued before passive-aggressively concluding, “Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.”
The next morning, Pelosi held her weekly news conference at the Capitol, where she pledged her undying opposition to the president’s border wall. “If we give into him on this, what happens if he wants to cut Social Security or Medicare or end legal migration or cut food stamps?” asked the Speaker, setting up a ridiculous hypothetical and fear-mongering to her base.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is having her weekly press conference.
This comes after a weeklong skirmish between Pelosi and Donald Trump over #SOTU2019 that concluded with Trump agreeing to delay it until after the government is reopened https://t.co/abeBIRAQ19 https://t.co/AMJZNoftZC
— POLITICO (@politico) January 24, 2019
President Trump, who was presumably watching the conference, replied immediately over Twitter, explaining his support for the wall and promising not to “cave” on the issue, according to The Political Insider.
“Nancy just said she ‘just doesn’t understand why?’ Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work,” Trump tweeted. “Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades. We will not Cave!”
Nancy just said she “just doesn’t understand why?” Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work. Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades. We will not Cave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
Even Pelosi’s own colleagues are beginning to see the light and admitting that a physical barrier must be included in our broader plan for border security. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto earlier this week that “physical barriers are a part of the solution.”
This, of course, is in direct contrast to his party’s narrative that barriers are somehow “immoral.” According to Hoyer, walls are not immoral if they are used to protect people, which would be the function of the wall President Trump has proposed along the southern border.
Nancy Pelosi knows that walls are not immoral. After all, she has one around her own home. This is simply a political talking point she uses to tug at the heartstrings of bleeding-heart liberals.
It certainly could be argued, however, that Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate with President Trump in order to find a compromise which would reopen the government, is immoral. There are hundreds of thousands of government workers currently going without a paycheck so that Pelosi can play her petty political games. It’s hard to think of anything more “immoral” than that.
Trump is going to get his wall. Nancy Pelosi is only ensuring that she hurts as many people as possible in the process.