January 17, 2019
If there's one thing the far-Left always runs from it's an honest debate. Right now, the worst thing for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would be for the country to hear the president's side of the story on the border crisis. So, Democrats are doing what they do best: trying to silence the truth.
Speaker Pelosi does get points for creativity. In her letter to the White House, she argues that the president's security might be at risk for the State of the Union address if the government is still shut down on January 29. "Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on Jan. 29," Pelosi wrote.
The White House didn't dignify the letter with a response. But top conservatives had plenty to say. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted that Democrats are "only interested in obstructing @realDonaldTrump, not governing." "#ShutdownNancy shut down the government, and now #SOTU," Scalise went on. "What are Democrats afraid of Americans hearing? That 17,000+ criminals were caught last year at the border? 90% of heroin in the US comes across the southern border? Illegal border crossings dropped 90%+ in areas w/ a wall?
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rejected Pelosi's insinuations, saying that Homeland Security and the Secret Service "are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union." Others were more indignant, like former Congressman Jason Chaffetz. "It was just two weeks ago Nancy Pelosi went to the floor and said, 'We're going to be transparent, we're gonna be a town hall, we're gonna allow debate.' She wants to shut down the debate because she knows the president will win this argument."
The House Freedom Caucus's Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) agreed, arguing that Pelosi didn't really think her stunt through. In the end, her letter doesn't reflect badly on Donald Trump -- but Democrats. "[They're] more focused on stopping the president than they are on serving the country." As for the idea that the Secret Service wouldn't be prepared, a chorus of former agents took offense at the speaker's comments. Dan Bongino, who worked in the Secret Service, said Pelosi owes them an apology. "These are patriots, not politicians," he told the Daily Caller. "The timing of their paychecks will have absolutely ZERO impact on their security plan. If Pelosi thinks the agents are going to put POTUS in danger because they've missed a paycheck, then she should find a new line of work."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.