Pundits have spent the better part of the week comparing President Donald Trump to an ill-behaved grandchild of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The president frequently searches for ways to create a villain or an adversary he can fight with because it’s the only way he can appear tough or he thinks it’s the only way to garner results. Pelosi, however, doesn’t play that way. Axios reported Sunday that her plan might actually be working.
“Pelosi’s allies said her taunting of Trump now is intentional, designed to get under his skin and elicit an angry reaction,” the Washington Post reported.
“I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “There’s no question; the White House is just crying out for impeachment. That’s why he flipped yesterday.”
She said that the intervention is up to his team but that his behavior is not indicative of the “dignity of the office of the president of the United States.”
After walking out of an infrastructure meeting this week, Trump held a press conference where he claimed he couldn’t work with Democrats anymore. It took members by surprise because the meeting with Trump lasted about three minutes, and no one said a word other than Trump.
If Trump has decided he’s on strike or will no longer do his job, Pelosi can easily go at it alone, passing scores of legislation to prove Congress is doing the work of the people. But if Trump refuses to sign the legislation, negotiate the legislation or Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to allow the Senate to vote on it, it puts the onus on the GOP for the strike.
“She’s succeeded in making three things very clear: 1) She’s interested in getting things done, and he walked away again; 2) She’s the only adult in Washington and is leading Dems with precision; 3) He’s a toddler who pays a price for attacking her because he resorts to such publicly infantile lows to attack her,” a senior Democratic aide told Axios.
Trump allies said that they couldn’t believe the president keeps falling for her traps.
“I do this with my dog,” the person said.