Donald J. Trump: Patriot. President. Troll.
In case you haven’t noticed, our 45th president does a pretty good job owning the libs (much, I’m sure, to the consternation of Nikki Haley). Between saying he would ask Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to his constant triggering of the folks at CNN, Trump’s made trolling so fun that even Mitch McConnell now does it from time to time.
One of his frequent targets, of course, has been House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, particularly given her epically low poll numbers. If anything, she’s been one of the best advertisements for the Republican Party, which is why the president wants to keep her around.
And, in a tweet on Friday, he implored Democrats to do just that:
Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi. She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
“Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi,” Trump wrote.
“She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!”
Twitter’s denizens of the left were duly triggered:
.Nancy Pelosi is orders of Magnitude better as a leader than you.
And she also has raised more money just while she was in office to help others than you have earned in your entire life!
Anyone should wish to have Nancy Pelosi instead of you!
— The Angry Moderate (@ReimersBK) August 11, 2018
I doubt this is the "real" Trump.
I cannot imagine him attempting to use wit or sarcasm. He us too engaged in himself. Sarcasm & witty comnents are intended to engage with the reader.
I wonder who on his staff is sophisticated enough to write this? Not a sycophantic toady.
— CRABAPPLE let's engage w issues (@Crabapple_JBA) August 11, 2018
There’s something profoundly ironic about someone from the herbivorous left — which has lost all capacity to laugh at themselves or anything else — lecturing the internet about why this couldn’t be from the president because he thought it was witty. Given that the left doesn’t find anything witty these days, that’s actually quite the compliment.
Of course, like all great wit, there’s more than a kernel of truth behind this. Nancy Pelosi is exceptionally unpopular — something that’s not unusual for leaders in Congress, but a bit more so when their party is hoping they’ll be the next speaker of the House.
A new poll by The Hill has found that fully 73 percent of Americans would prefer the Democrats had a different leader than Pelosi, including 49 percent of Democrats.
Common wisdom says that won’t actually effect Pelosi at the ballot box in November. “She’s been sort of the boogeyman for some time,” Anna Greenberg, managing partner at Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, told The Hill. “I’m skeptical that those ads really work so I think that even though Nancy Pelosi is unpopular, I have never seen a lot of strong evidence in congressional races that calling these people Pelosi Democrats has actually had all that much impact on what actually happens.”
Hey, if you want to follow Greenberg’s advice, I say go for it. It didn’t work out for the House Democrats in 2010, 2012, 2014 or 2016. Come to think of it, Pelosi’s on her fifth chance at the moment. But, hey — everyone deserves one of those. And a sixth chance, and a seventh, and …
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