President Donald Trump admitted defeat in his battle with Speaker Nancy Pelosi over holding his State of the Union Address during Trump’s government shutdown.
The surrender was the first declared victory in a major battle between the two leaders since Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.
Twitter — Trump’s favorite social network — quickly analyzed the optics, with even Speaker Pelosi responding.
Here is a curation of some leading commentary:
Mr. President, I hope by saying “near future” you mean you will support the House-passed package to #EndTheShutdown that the Senate will vote on tomorrow. Please accept this proposal so we can re-open government, repay our federal workers and then negotiate our differences. https://t.co/57KMATZZTO
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 24, 2019
So what you're saying is…NANCY PELOSI WON https://t.co/KP8UShLn7h
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 24, 2019
She is from Baltimore, Maryland. You are from a golf resort somewhere.
In Baltimore, we strip mooks like you down for spare parts. https://t.co/G8UTgADWem
— David Simon (@AoDespair) January 24, 2019
Folding like the cheapest of suits. https://t.co/oYuImojjwG
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 24, 2019
Will you fold the prison laundry as fast as you folded here? https://t.co/CkfpyiLxZC
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) January 24, 2019
Can't think of another time since the campaign when he has had to publicly be outplayed by a woman. https://t.co/Np3J8PlA8m
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2019
Aside from the conciliatory tone, "prerogative" spelled correctly is how you know this is a staff tweet https://t.co/WLeiJpakKE
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) January 24, 2019
Donald Trump basically just cried Uncle!https://t.co/4u0MVkZ3kn
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) January 24, 2019
President Costanza insists he has hand. https://t.co/06O9HrCn8K
— Seth Masket (@smotus) January 24, 2019
Trump could not look smaller here – he magnified the issue by stating that he was going to give the State of the Union over Pelosi's opposition only to backtrack when Pelosi refused to cave.
RIP "BUT HE FIGHTS" 2015-2019 https://t.co/SqVZYyENdL
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) January 24, 2019
wow he's gonna punt on the MAGA rally (!) https://t.co/zRw1WRcBO9
— David Catanese (@davecatanese) January 24, 2019
How will this play with the mlitant Trumpists who were rging him to stand up to Pelosi? How does he react when he read, sees, and hears al the commentry saying "Trump blinks" when he sees life as a zero-sum-I-win-you-lose contest? https://t.co/Pj0RYBqMZz
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) January 24, 2019