'Pitiful' Trump pummeled by conservative for shutdown debacle: 'He can’t find his way out of a paper bag'
US President Donald Trump speaks to staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017, where he vowed to restore "control" of US frontiers by building a wall on the Mexican border (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative commentator -- and frequent critic of Donald Trump -- Jennifer Rubin tore into the president for keeping the government shut down while believing he will somehow get Democrats to fund his border wall.

Getting right to the point, Rubin called out the president as "a floundering lame duck."

"The full impact of divided government, improved media coverage, the departure of any competent staff and President Trump’s fecklessness have transformed him into a floundering lame duck," she acidly wrote. "His Oval Office address, immediately fact-checked, persuaded no one. Without a Republican-majority House or a visible Senate majority leader (we’ll need one of those bloodhounds to track down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), Trump flails against reality."

Rubin noted that Trump is now walking back his threat ("weak, weak, weak") that he would declare a national emergency while pointing out that polls show his "self-destructive shutdown is taking its toll."

"He has a pair of twos and keeps doubling down. Go figure," Rubin wrote, calling the president's bluff before adding, "... without a game plan and without public opinion on his side, he won’t be getting concessions from Democrats anytime soon. Republicans (like Democrats) understand Trump can’t find his way out of a paper bag."

Rubin concluded that Trump seems to think he's winning and his boasting rings hollow with any observer following his daily flailing in front of the press or on Twitter.

"Patting himself on the back for avoiding responsibility when hundreds of thousands go without pay, small businesses get hit and government services aren’t available is not, to put it mildly, a good look for him," she pithily observed.

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