Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have met their match in President Trump. There has never been a politician like Trump and Chuck and Nancy have literally no idea how to handle him.
They are playing by the old rules and Trump is literally writing the new rules for political discourse – under these conditions it is no wonder they are getting walloped.
Look, what they are finally realizing is that Trump is 100% serious and he will shut down the government for months or years unless the Democrats do what they have done so many times in the past – allocate funds for a border wall, fence or barrier.
As Lindsey Graham pointed out last night – the Democrats have funded and voted to fund walls in the past.
Today Pelosi and Schumer learned the hard way that Trump is serious when he basically kicked them out of the White House. From NPR:
President Trump abruptly halted spending talks at the White House Wednesday, after congressional Democrats again rejected his demand for a $5.7 billion border wall.
Trump dismissed the negotiations as a “total waste of time,” as a partial government shutdown stretched into its 19th day. Adding, “I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
“Our meeting did not last long,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters, standing in the chilly White House driveway. “It’s cold out here and the temperature wasn’t much warmer in the Situation Room.”
“Unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., after Pelosi told him that Democrats are unwilling to agree to wall funding.
“We saw a temper tantrum,” Schumer said.
Vice President Pence blamed Democrats for refusing to give ground on the wall.
“In this brief meeting, we heard once again that Democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate to resolve this partial government shutdown or address the crisis at our southern border,” Pence said.
“What the president made clear today is he is going to stand firm to achieve his priorities: to build a wall, a steel barrier on the southern border.”
Kevin McCarthy said Chuck was not telling the truth about the meeting and went on to explain what really went down.
“I just listened to Senator Schumer,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “I know he complained the time that you had cameras in the meeting. I think we need to bring them back. Because what he described the meeting to be is totally different than what took place.”
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
Chuck Schumer describes a meeting he just had with President Trump: "Unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out. He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'Will you agree to my wall?' She said no. And he just got up and said, 'Then we have nothing to discuss,' and he just walked out" pic.twitter.com/vFigwieLYL
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 9, 2019