Today Trump was scheduled to meet with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Democratic Minority Leader (and soon-to-be House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to discuss keeping the government open. Trump is holding out for (more) money for his pricey and unnecessary border wall and decided to ambush the two with the press so he could look like a tough guy for refusing to negotiate.
The stunt didn’t exactly work as planned. Not only did Trump provide Pelosi with an opportunity to put him in his place, he was also baited into completely owning whatever shutdown happens as a result of the botched negotiations.
Trump: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now…”
Pelosi shot back: “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.” https://t.co/eLRseJEkZL pic.twitter.com/NltGUtT1mr
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) December 11, 2018
Trump: “Nancy I need 10 votes from Chuck.”
Schumer: “Alright let me say something here.”
Pelosi: “Let me just say one thing.The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.”
Trump: “Nancy I do. And we need border security.”
Pelosi: “Then take the vote we’ll find out.”
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) December 11, 2018
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump said. “I will be the one to shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it.” Glad that’s cleared up!
Pelosi received plenty of credit for calmly and publicly rebuking Trump:
Nancy Pelosi just did something that not a single Republican has had the guts to do in 2 years.
Stand up to Trump, in public, to his face. pic.twitter.com/jtLrE5Sir5
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 11, 2018
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) December 11, 2018
But the (presumptive) future House Speaker wasn’t finished. She held a presser alongside Schumer to hammer home their position, reiterate that any shutdown would be entirely Trump’s doing, and troll the president once again:
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2018
— Tommy Keep Christ In Xtopher (@tommyxtopher) December 11, 2018
She also inspired some spicy memes in the process:
Me leaving your Holiday Party after starting major drama pic.twitter.com/BRf98b9R2g
— phil (@PrettyGoodPhil) December 11, 2018
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) December 11, 2018
After I own some dude online. pic.twitter.com/dPE6yPfzW6
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 11, 2018
But Pelosi saved the most withering criticism of the president for an off-camera meeting with her fellow Democrats, mocking Trump’s “manhood thing” about the border wall:
.@NancyPelosi returned from the WH meeting with the president today and went STRAIGHT for the most sensitive part of Trump’s ego: his masculinity.
“It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” she told her colleagues just now.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 11, 2018
“It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,” Pelosi told fellow Democrats during a meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
“But the fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his,” Pelosi reportedly said. “That was an accomplishment.”
Pelosi also used some pretty colorful language to describe the bizarre Oval Office spectacle. “It was so wild,” she reportedly said. “It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”
(A “tinkle contest” is probably the most grandmotherly way to put what transpired in the Oval Office today.)
Pelosi’s “manhood” comments got plenty of love from Twitter, and you can tell she’s proud of them:
Pelosi basically calling Trump a cuck is a fine teaser for next season of this show
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 11, 2018
Hilarious that Pelosi retweeted this pic.twitter.com/MWtKv1aiNn
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) December 11, 2018
Using political jiujitsu to turn Trump’s own toxic masculinity against him had some people contrasting her savvy with Schumer’s fecklessness:
Ms. Pelosi on Mr. Trump's spasm over his wall and his claims of having the votes when he simply does not: “It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him." If Mr. Schumer can stay in her shadow, he may one day evolve to full-on vertebrate.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) December 11, 2018
Pelosi has labes of steel. Meanwhile, I can’t say “Schumer” without singing it to the tune of sad trombone. https://t.co/qUKbTWpt17
— Sarah Wine-Thyre ???️? (@SarahThyre) December 11, 2018
As Senate Minority Leader, Schumer hasn’t exactly been a reliable anti-Trump crusader, preferring instead to compromise with the president.
Although others were bracing for Trump’s inevitable response:
I can’t be the only person mentally preparing myself for some disgusting Trump tweet after he hears about Pelosi’s “manhood” comment, right?
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) December 11, 2018
Regardless, it’s nice to see some, uh, maturity in politics again.
— Jamie O'Grady ? (@JamieOGrady) December 11, 2018
h/t: The Hill