Conservative author and commentator Jeffrey Lord has a word of advice for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders in the House: You cannot out-troll the “king of trolls,” President Donald Trump, so don’t try.
In a Thursday night appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Lord made his comments after a week in which Pelosi disinvited POTUS Trump from giving his annual State of the Union Address in the House due to “security concerns” and the president retaliated by canceling her overseas trip to Egypt and Afghanistan because of the “government shutdown.”
Lord, a conservative stragegist and former Reagan staffer fired by CNN in August 2017 after he tweeted the Nazi salute â€œSieg Heil!â€ as a way of mocking liberal Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone â€” “called out Pelosi and the mainstream media who gushed over her State of the Union postponement request,” Lifezette reported.
â€œAnd memo to Nancy Pelosi and the media, and this is the best line that I heard all day from someone else: Never troll the king of trolls,â€ Lord told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
He was likely quoting from a tweet sent by Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, which read, â€œOne does not simply try to out-troll the king of trolls.â€
â€œ[The Democrats] went out there thinking that they could get away with this stunt, and it was a stunt. And [Trump] called them on it. And now they look like, you know, fools, to be perfectly honest,â€ Lord said. â€œI mean, theyâ€™ve got red faces.
â€œI mean, this is childish behavior. They got caught at what theyâ€™re doing. They went and partied in Puerto Rico. [Pelosi] went off to Hawaii to a resort for Christmas. I mean â€” theyâ€™re making one misstep after another,â€ Lord noted further.
â€œAnd this is serious business â€” serious business. And they ought to stay there and get the job done,” he added, referring to more than 30 Democrats who jetted off to Puerto Rico last week for a sun-drenched weekend with lobbyists, as the partial government shutdown continued.
â€œIf you really care about the people, youâ€™d be at least in Washington. Even if you canâ€™t come to an agreement, youâ€™d be here saying, â€˜Weâ€™ve got one more chance at this. Letâ€™s try it again,'” Ingraham said.
Joel Rubin, a Democratic strategist and former deputy assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, told Ingraham that â€œPelosi is setting the frame for the discussion.â€
â€œAnd Donald Trump today, he pushed back very aggressively and effectively. And I think this doesnâ€™t make anybody look good. Right now we have a shutdown. We need there to be a negotiation. There needs to be a deal,â€ Rubin said. â€œBut this kind of tit-for-tat really makes Washington look bad.â€
Byron York, a conservative columnist and pundit with the Washington Examiner, told the panel that Democrats are behaving the way they are because they believe they are “winning” the public relations battle over the shutdown.
Citing several polls published this week that appear to show most of the public blaming POTUS and Republicans, York added, “IfÂ it were the other way around or even equal, I do not think Democrats would have been doing this.”Â — Jon Dougherty
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