Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
[Note: The Campaign Update will appear later than normal over the next four days.]
Government Shutdown, Day…um, what day is it? 28? 29? This fake, partial, sort of “shutdown” of parts of a quarter of the federal government has now dragged on so long it’s become impossible to keep up anymore.
But oh, what a glorious fake government shutdown it became on Thursday. That day, January 17, 2019, will be remembered into posterity as the date when this became, without any doubt at all, the greatest, most entertaining government shutdown in the history of all government shutdowns.
Just a day after Speaker San Fran Nan sent over a petty and utterly dishonest letter to the White House informing President Donald Trump that she was rescinding her invitation to deliver his state of the union message to a joint session of congress in the House chamber on January 29, President Trump responded with a petty – but honest – act of his own, denying Pelosi and several other Democrat congressmen and women the use of a military aircraft for a six-day international boondoggle they’d had planned for weeks.
Where Pelosi cited false concerns about “security” in her Wednesday letter – which were quickly debunked by the Secret Service – Trump cited the need for Pelosi to remain in Washington DC while 800,000 federal employees continued to work without pay thanks to her refusal to negotiate over the border security issue. Thus, a petty and dishonest act generated a petty and completely honest response.
Of course, when San Fran Nan sent her despicable letter, the fake news media parroted the Democrat talking points, calling it an “impressive power play” and couching it in other glowing terms. The fake media’s response to Trump’s letter was also a parroting of Democrat talking points, because that’s what the fake news media does.
In any event, there is no question that the President hit Pelosi where it really hurts. She is infamous for abusing the privilege of commandeering military aircraft for her personal use. During her first stint as Speaker, she abused the privilege to fly across the continent to her San Francisco home and back to D.C. multiple times every month.
What most in the media are missing about this particular, specific retaliation from the President is that it represents a shot across the bow at Pelosi. This was not just about the fake “shutdown” – this was President Trump putting her and her colleagues on notice that he is fully aware of their chronic abuse of military assets, a practice he could end entirely with the stroke of a presidential pen. You can bet bug-eyed Adam Schiff – who, along with his colleagues had already boarded the bus to Andrews Joint Airbase when Trump’s letter was released – took notice of this reality and is not happy about it either.
And guess what else? All those Republicans whining about the President’s actions today also understand the reality of what this specific action really was, and they aren’t happy about the prospect of losing that privilege, either. Are you listening, Lindsey Graham?
Call the President “petty” if you like, but doing that without also acknowledging Pelosi’s more reprehensible act of pettiness, or recognizing the full implication of the President’s using this specific action as a negotiating tactic just completely misses the point here.
And speaking of Pelosi’s fake “security” issues… – Yours truly traveled through not one, but two major U.S. airports on Thursday. You know – the airports that are supposedly near the breaking point, with angry air traffic controllers and TSA agents calling in sick by the thousands, according to your fake news media?
Yeah, those airports. Anyway, I traveled through two of them yesterday and encountered not a single solitary issue. No angry TSA agents, no long waits at security, no long lines at check-in, no delays at baggage claim, no nothing.
If anything, the TSA agents I encountered were cheerful and more helpful than normal. Obviously, they can’t be happy about missing a paycheck, but the reality is this: all those alarmist reports you are seeing on your local and national news media about chaos at the nation’s airports are nothing more than steaming piles of fresh horse manure.
Now, if Pelosi forces this thing to linger on for another month, some spots of chaos could begin to develop in this regard. But the Administration has all sorts of options that enable it to prevent that from happening.
As is always the case, your fake news media is lying to you. Because, that is who they are, and it is what they do.
That is all.
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