A finalist for 2018’s most counter-productive public relations stunt has got to be the group of approximately one-hundred “caravan” migrants who arrived at the American consulate in Tijuana, Mexico demanding the U.S. either open the door or pay them $50,000 each to go home. There’s more: “A letter from the group criticized U.S. intervention in Central America and asked the U.S. to remove Honduran President Orlando Hernandez from office,” Fox News reports. They magnanimously granted seventy-two hours for a reply.
As vertiginously bad as is that contender for the “Most Backfiringly Obnoxious” award, it could be shouldered aside from the number one spot by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s December 11 performance before the President. Camera’s unblinkingly captured the whole debacle as the three of them — along with a mum Vice-President Mike Pence — huddled in the Oval Office debating funding for the much-bruited border wall.
For the Democrat Party bigs, it was a genuinely dismal piece of political theater. Alternatively fidgeting, sputtering and smirking as they reiterated objections to paying for a southern boundary barrier, they also repeatedly groused about the out-in-the-open nature of their interaction with the Commander in Chief.
In case there remains anyone unconvinced the hydra-headed forces of “The Resistance” are the greatest vote-generating ally Donald Trump could have … I give you the following statements, recorded by whirring cameras for all the gaping world to see:
Pelosi: So I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this … [L]et us have our conversation then we can meet with the press again …[L]et us have a conversation where we don’t have to contradict in public the statistics that you put forth …
Schumer: Let’s … debate in private, okay. Let’s debate in private.
At one point during the exchange, an agitated Speaker-Designate Pelosi complained, “Let me say this … this is the most unfortunate thing. We came in here in good faith, and we’re entering into … this kind of a discussion in the public view.”
President Trump’s reaction: “But it’s not bad, Nancy. It’s called transparency.”
And with those few words: Game, set, match: Trump.
On full display: seemingly nervous, elitist-sounding pols on one side, squabbling over insufficient secrecy in their law-making doings. On the other? A mega-rich real estate magnate who, nonetheless, bills himself the tribune of the little people — and appears to affirm it by making a blatant case for unhidden government.
Who do you think is going to win “We the people” ‘s support in that back-and-forth?
Toward the end of the White House colloquy, the president turned away from Rep. Pelosi and spoke about her as though the Congresswoman weren’t in the room seated five feet from him. She didn’t respond well to his dismissive gesture.
Trump: I also know that … Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now … I fully understand that. We’re going to have a good discussion … But we have to have border security.
Pelosi: Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength … that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory.
It was a particularly tin-eared moment from a Chief Executive already commonly regarded a boorish, women-demeaning bully; and normally, in most any other context, it would have drawn a yowling storm of denunciations from apoplectic anti-Trumpers. Yet, so maladroit was the spectacle of these privileged Democrat big-shots kvetching about having to expose their negotiating cards to the riff-raff that Trump’s stumble barely elicited a ripple of denunciation.
And that demonstrates a recurring pattern for which the President’s gratitude ought to be undying: whatever Donald Trump’s deficiencies — and I’d contend they’re ample — for a considerable segment of the electorate his adversaries’ unrelenting repugnance swamps those deficiencies into irrelevance.
Sure, the Commander in Chief’s behavior is frequently slovenly, adolescent, indeed “unpresidential” — but for many it remains less off-putting than the hysterical, unprincipled, garishly unscrupulous comportment of so many of his ideological opponents — represented by the likes of Team Pelosi/Schumer, the Progressive movement in general and their puppets in the fraudulent mainstream media.
There’s no telling how many Americans were reluctantly driven into the arms of the New York mogul in 2016 exclusively because he was the chief alternative to Hillary and her revolting Statist allies; or what pro-Trump numbers can be chalked up significantly, at least, to the same factor. I’m guessing — and I think the indicators are persuasive — if taken together, those two cohorts would add up to an appreciable swatch of his victorious majority.
Moreover, in policy clash after policy clash that dynamic continues — to Donald Trump’s benefit.
When conservative/libertarian talker Glenn Beck, of all social commentators, is making noises about backing the current White House occupant in 2020, it’s hard to deny the shenanigans of Nancy Pelosi and Company are accruing to Trump’s advantage. Recall, it was Beck who volubly excoriated then-candidate Trump three years ago, refused to cast his ballot for him on election day, and courageously persisted offering unvarnished post-election critique of him (thumbs up when he judged the President deserved it, hard words when he deemed he didn’t).
Then, one morning broadcast several months ago, he donned a red MAGA hat and announced he might throw his vote the Donald’s way next time around. The biggest influence in the radio host’s possible transformation? The disgusting Progressive conglomerate. It’s lying, manic, destroy-Trump-at-any-cost fixation dragged him over the edge.
As it presently keeps dragging multitudes into backing a man many of them don’t particularly care for.
Those conservatives who claim unhinged Leftist hostilities to Donald Trump as pretext for never holding him accountable are missing the mark. Still, a brute political fact endures: Democrats’ and Progressives’ all-consuming loathing for this President has so blinded legions of them they can’t see they’ve unintentionally but functionally become his greatest boosters.
The other day, “Chuck and Nancy” exhibited it once more in Trump’s presence – a status quo, I suspect, he can tolerate as long as it advances his agenda.
Image: Screen Shot: Fox News; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mirZE-wYr4