Nancy Pelosi Wants SOTU Canceled Due To Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi Wants SOTU Canceled Due To Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi Wants SOTU Canceled Due To Shutdown

The shutdown optics are at a stalemate, and Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are aware that they aren’t gaining any leverage on the president. (Side trips to Puerto Rico while skipping offers of meetings tend to not play well, despite the spin.)

Nancy Pelosi realizes that the State of the Union is rapidly approaching (currently scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th), and it will be Trump’s Oval Office address on steroids and covered by every single network without question. And the only thing Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi managed to do in their response was turn themselves into a meme.

So Pelosi’s brilliant idea? Cancel the SOTU, of course! Or just go back to the old way of submitting the SOTU in writing to Congress!

Well, we only have Democrats to thank for the “traditions” that were set. Both George Washington and John Adams gave the SOTU as a speech. The first president to submit it as a written letter was Thomas Jefferson (some historians speculate that Jefferson suffered from anxiety over public speaking, or was just bad at it, and it is noted in the historical records that he could barely be heard during his inauguration speeches). This continued on as the tradition until Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) gave his first SOTU in 1913 as a speech, recognizing that it was a great way to speak directly to the public. Presidents immediately after Wilson alternated, with Coolidge being the first one to have the SOTU broadcast over the radio. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat) is given the credit for “solidifying” the tradition of a speech for the SOTU. Truman (Democrat) was the first president to have the SOTU televised, in 1947. Lyndon Johnson (Democrat) moved the speech to the evening to get a larger audience. The State of the Union is one of the most well-known agenda-setting “bully pulpit” speeches that a president has at their disposal, and Nancy Pelosi wants Donald Trump to give up that moment.

Now, Pelosi is Speaker, and technically, the president is invited to a joint session of Congress to deliver the speech. So, no invitation, no speech? Sure sounds like San Fran Nan might have a leg to stand on here.

Now, the State of the Union has long since strayed from its original intent (thanks, Democrats), but if you think Donald Trump is going to just not give a speech that night… well, have you WATCHED Donald Trump over the last few years?

A part of me really wants the pomp and circumstance built up around the SOTU to be ended. Another part of me is getting popcorn ready, because this makes me think of Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, locked in conflict, lightsabers drawn, and Trump is saying, “You can’t win, Nancy. If you cancel the speech, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. YUGE power. BIG wall.”

What interesting times we live in.

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  • Uncle Max says:

    It’s his first one. Goes hand in hand with their narrative that he is illegitimate. They are denying him the trappings and normalcy of the Presidency,…. via the FBI and DOJ actively working against him and a politically initiated special council only looking at him and his, and now this. It’s a shame and petty, but par for the course.

  • Nicki says:

    It’s his second SOTU. The first one was given on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and it was actually a rousing success.

    This is a stupid attempt to deny him a pulpit before a joint session of Congress, because they know how bad the optics are right now for the democrats.

  • windbag says:

    I thought he should submit it in writing as a snub to the zoo called Congress, but now I think he should give the speech. One suggestion is that he hold his own event. Nothing in the US Constitution prevents it. I’d go one step further and see if either Christopher Walken or Michael Shannon would read it for him.

    • Nicki says:

      Michael Shannon is a seriously crazy, unhinged leftard from hell. He’s wished death upon Trump supporters before. He’s Ron Pearlman-level batshit crazy.

  • John C. says:

    He should give the Address in the Press Room, with the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate and the Justices invited, and a lottery for the rest of the seats, which would be non-transferrable.

  • GWB says:

    Trump told Pelosi that she could count on not going abroad until the shutdown is dealt with, unless she flies commercial! On WH letterhead, no less! Evidently she had a weeklong junket planned in Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan. He calls it a “public relations event”.

    You want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump!

    (Oh, and McConnell has invited Trump to use the Senate chambers for the SOTU. Very nice!)

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  • GWB says:

    AND, it’s now official. She was just sort of hoping Trump would get her hint before, but now she has OFFICIALLY DISINVITED the POTUS from giving his SOTU in the House chambers.

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