Republicans are not adjusting well to Democrats' retaking power.
Republicans are scrambling in a desperate attempt to save face after Trump's humiliating meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Like Trump, they are failing.
Republicans were forced to respond after a White House meeting Tuesday, when Trump attempted to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer — in front of television cameras — over the year-end spending bills needed to keep the government open past Dec. 21. Trump made a complete fool of himself by whining and yelling and throwing a tantrum more suited for a daycare center than the White House.
In the midst of his meltdown, Trump said he would proudly shut down the government unless Congress agreed to fund his racist border wall to the tune of $5 billion.
As an NPR reporter noted, "To be clear, this statement makes it VERY hard for Congressional Republicans to keep saying a shutdown would be Democrats' fault. The president is literally claiming responsibility."
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), publicly breaking ranks with Trump, warned against shutting down the government.
When asked about Trump's tantrum-like threat to shut down the government , McConnell said, "I hope that's not where we end up."
"One thing I think is pretty clear no matter who precipitates the government shutdown is the American people don't like it," McConnell added about a looming Trump shutdown.
While McConnell publicly broke ranks with Trump's desire to shut down the government a few days before Christmas, another Republican seemed to claim that Trump was just out of his league and fell into a trap, despite Trump's apparent enthusiasm toward taking credit for a shutdown.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) told CNN correspondent Manu Raju, "I think Sen. Schumer was very shrewd in his efforts to make sure whatever blame exists with the shutdown doesn't rest with the Democrats."
While Republicans struggle to figure out how to handle Trump's latest meltdown, Pelosi was busy adding insult to injury. Referring to Trump's obsession with building a wall, Pelosi told colleagues, "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him."
Pelosi has no plans to cower in front of Trump. She'll stand up to him — and in doing so, stand up for Americans who are sick and tired of Trump's childish antics.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.