House Democrats managed to best Donald Trump in every sense of the word on Wednesday. They passed a resolution formally condemning Trump for being a racist. Along the way they baited House Republicans into trying to shut down Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, which only served to bring more attention to the resolution. In the end, they got four House Republicans (and one former Republican) to vote that Trump is a racist – and they gained something to use against the other House Republicans in the 2020 election.
As the evening went on, it was starting to look like Donald Trump had been stunned into silence. Hours after the resolution was passed, Palmer Report pointed out how telling it was that Trump still hadn’t said anything. Then, as if on cue, just a few minutes later, Trump’s meltdown arrived. Interestingly, instead of attacking the four House Republicans who voted to condemn him, Trump pretended they didn’t exist – sort of.
Trump tweeted “So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more. They are now the top, most visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!”
When you filter out all the racist lies that Donald Trump packed in there, what stands out is that he claimed the House Republicans were “unified” in support of him, even as he went on to admit that four of them voted to condemn him. In other words, Trump just gave away that he doesn’t have the nerve to attack those four Republicans. It was easier for Trump to attack Justin Amash back when he was the only Housse Republican standing against him – to the point that Amash is no longer a Republican. But now Trump has four more of them coming at him, and he’s punting instead. Maybe he’ll attack them tomorrow. But for now, Trump still appears to be fearful of what those four Republicans just did to him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report