Earlier this week, shortly after President Trump agreed to a three-month extension of the debt ceiling–a deal he cut with Congressional Democrats, completely leaving Republicans out of the process–right-wing propaganda site Breitbart featured this headline:
“Conservatives Furious After Trump Cuts Debt Ceiling Deal With Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer”
Why, Republicans began asking, did Trump decide to do business with the Democrats? What in the hell was he thinking when he did so?
Now, thanks to some excellent reporting from The Washington Post, we know why Trump stabbed his own party in the back and made nice with Democrats: Because he liked the “energy” of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer:
“In that Wednesday morning Oval Office meeting, Trump was impressed with the energy and vigor of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) relative to the more subdued Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).”
Energy. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently the Dems appeared more animated and caffeinated than the GOPers, so Trump decided he’d do business with them. This is “the art of the deal,” as it’s understood by a man who has had multiple businesses go belly up.
There was also, according to the Post, another motivating factor for the president:
“[Trump] relished the opportunity for a bipartisan agreement and the praise he anticipated it would bring.”
Reportedly, when details of the deal leaked out and began circulating in the media, Trump called Pelosi and gushed about how “incredible” the press coverage was. In other words, Trump was psyched because the “ratings” were good. And for Trump, being liked and highly esteemed is all that really matters in this world.
What’s most ironic about the debt deal Trump made with Democrats is that he got virtually nothing in the bargain. He capitulated to Pelosi and Schumer’s demands and weakened his own position for any future negotiations. The great wheeler-dealer got his ass handed to him, and then he thanked the people who rolled him.
How’s all that “winning” going, Trumpkins?
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org