CHARLOTTE, NC. President “Tweet” is at it again. And when President Trump tweets, the Democrats rally. As in the latest tweetstorm brouhaha, where the President jumped all over AOC and her three insane House pals for pushing Marx-inspired anarchy on Capitol Hill and across the country. But why intervene when the opposing party is destroying itself without your help? Doesn’t anyone ever learn in Washington?
There’s plenty of justification for the president’s latest cross-city tweetstorm. But he never seems to get one important message. Time honored truthful clichés, such as “Let sleeping dogs lie” or “When your political opponents are fighting among themselves, stay out of it” seem to fly over Donald Trump’s head. It’s as if he believes, which apparently he does, that he is invincible.
Some of our historical enemies believed that, too. But the Japanese got the extended message after attacking Pearl Harbor during World War II. So did Muammar Gaddifi, the former President of Libya, following the Libyan-instigated and conducted terrorist attack on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. But Trump and other Washington elites continue to think comeuppance won’t happen to them, even when they openly court it.
In the wild and wacky world of politics, where Nancy Pelosi, of all people, appears for the time being to be the sanest person in the Democratic party, the Democrats’ latest outburst of infighting has dominated the news cycle for several days. Pelosi has been – so far unsuccessfully – herding her four wayward Marxist “cats,” making every effort to impose some semblance of unity back to her unruly maverick membership.
Enter Trump, with his nimble fingers attempting to take the focus off his competition by using his typically abrasive playground rhetoric to reset the spotlight on himself. Unfortunately, his supporters now get to watch the Democrats rally.
Trump tweets, the Twitterverse explodes
Tweeting some unusually harsh words for a quartet of progressive members of the House, Trump fired off this initial salvo.
“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly…and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Regardless of how much fun it is for Republicans to give as good as they usually get for a change, not only was the president factually incorrect. His timing was ridiculously bad.
The Democrats rally
Trump was accurate that Pelosi would likely be delighted to make travel arrangements for her “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” But that’s precisely why Trump’s strategy, if it was a strategy, is so bewildering.
For starters, only Ilhan Omar, a refugee from Somalia, came from another country. The other members of the group, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from the Bronx, Rashida Tlaib representing Detroit and Ayanna Pressley claiming Chicago as home all were born US citizens. Though their names may sound “foreign,” 75-percent of Pelosi’s radical quartet hail from the United States no matter what their ancestry might be.
“Go back to where you came from if you don’t like it here” has long been a Conservative argument against newly minted US citizens that emigrate here only to complain about America once they’ve enjoyed its advantages. Even Black comedian Chris Rock grasps this strange paradox. In one of his routines, he has argued that “They can tell me to go back to Africa all they want, but I ain’t goin’.” (Or something close to that, anyway.)
Within hours of Trump’s unfortunate tweet, the Democrats were back in the saddle of their political high horse. They’ve busied themselves, claiming that the president has single-handedly unified the party in a way they could not accomplish themselves. Yes. The Democrats rally. For now. AOC and crew will issue fresh provocations soon enough.
Why not let the Democrats’ dogs hang themselves?
Keep in mind that the pre-Election 2020 “Gaff Season” is only in its infancy at the moment, however. Even if the Dems deploy Trump’s tweets as fuel for future debates, it’s still way too early to cause damage in America’s short attention-span theater. Give it a day or two and something new will crop up to rile the feathers of one party or the other. Yesterday’s message will either be minimized or long forgotten. The effect of those recent Trump tweets will dissipate soon enough. Fresh outrages, generated by both sides, will seize the headlines.
That said, doesn’t mean President Trump and his supporters should not be a bit more cautious as Election 2020 draws closer. If you don’t believe how much damage one image can do, just ask Michael Dukakis if he would ever do a photo-op again wearing a helmet and riding absurdly (and almost invisibly) in a US Army tank.
For the moment at least, the latest of those provocative Trump tweets threw his competition a lifeline. As a result, we got to watch those beleaguered Democrats rally.
But we should never forget that in politics, four crazies like AOC & Co. are not better than one. It’s only a matter of time before one of Nancy Pelosi’s rejects from the barroom scene in Star Wars puts foot squarely in mouth once again. We call this “living in the present tense.” And, in this country, Americans increasingly take this route with everything. The NBA championship is decided on a Saturday night and by Sunday morning they are already debating next year’s draft. It’s insane. But commonplace.
Some advice for President Trump
Donald Trump needs to pull back a little and let the embers of controversy erupt into a full fledged forest fire in the raucous Democrat caucus. The fire itself will cause a great deal of damage without involving the President. The Democrats can do this all by themselves.
It’s tough for a street fighter like Trump to hold back in the face of the radicals’ grandstanding and phony street theater antics. But it’s the best way to keep his electoral momentum alive through next November.
Give the dog a bone Mr. President. Then let it go back to sleep.
— Headline image: Cartoon by Branco. Reproduced with permission and by arrangement with Comically Incorrect.
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