Lawrence O'Donnell gave some critical advice to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi for Donald Trump's latest lies and stunt against Democrats. They would do well to heed it as it could force a change.
Lawrence O'Donnell advice to Pelosi and Schumer
— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 29, 2017
Lawrence O'Donnell urges Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to extract a pound of flesh out of Trump to force a change in his behavior. Here is the back story.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer pulled out of a bipartisan meeting with President Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell because in an earlier tweet the infantile president preempted the get together with a lying tweet. It was clear he just wanted a photo-op.
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal.
The president attempted to disparage the two Democrats with a stunt leaving two empty chairs for the photo-op/interview with reporters.
Lawrence O'Donnell's take on what they must do is epic, and one hopes they have the spine to do it.
"For once the idiot presidency that has been firing off lies filled insulting tweets at members of Congress in both parties all year, paid a very serious price today for the idiocy and for the lying," O'Donnell said. "And we can only hope for the sake of the country, for the sake of sanity in government that as a condition for re-entering the White House or any room to participate in any form of conversation with Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will make it an absolute requirement that the president apologize for lying about them and their Democratic colleagues by saying that they want illegal immigrants flooding into our country unchecked and for saying that they are weak on crime and for saying they want to substantially raise taxes."
O'Donnell explains the con Trump will play on Democrats absent them forcing Trump's hand.
"The president the United States is lying that the Democrats want to substantially raise taxes and so if the Democrats reach any kind of legislative deal about anything that does not raise taxes then Donald Trump will play them as suckers and claim that he won in that deal, whatever that deal might be, because it does not raise taxes," O'Donnell said. "Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi did not get played today by Donald Trump. If they and their advisors understand the importance of the moment that Trump has now given them, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will make Donald Trump pay for his lies in a way that is not some petty settling of a personal score, but an important lesson about the real governing questions involved in funding the government."
O'Donnell then expresses the fear that as usual, Democrats will just do nothing.
"America has reason to fear tonight that the Trump insult machine has become so normalized in Washington that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will not demand a retraction from Donald Trump as a condition for dealing with him," O'Donnell said. "And if they don't, the truth will suffer once again. And the future of governance in the country will take yet another turn for the worse."
What do you think?
Also published on Medium.