Trump Regime

Trump Cancels Then Un-Cancels Stimulus Talks. Or Something.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Stocks fell off a cliff just before closing yesterday evening because Trump abruptly tweeted that he was canceling any further stimulus talks with congressional Democrats until after the election.

But Trump deleted those tweets after seemingly realizing that he fucked up.

Trump began backpedaling within hours and now he's practically begging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rescue him.

In a barrage of tweets, Trump pressed for passage of these chunks of assistance, an about-face from his abrupt and puzzling move on Tuesday afternoon to abandon talks with a longtime rival, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat has rejected such piecemeal entreaties all along.

Trump’s tweets amounted to him demanding his way in negotiations that he himself had ended.

He called on Congress to send him a “Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200)” — a reference to a preelection batch of direct payments to most Americans that had been a central piece of negotiations between Pelosi and the White House.

Honestly, reading the line highlighted above is the hardest I've laughed in days.

Telling Nancy Pelosi to send him a stand alone bill for stimulus checks, or anything else for that matter, conveniently ignores the fact that such a bill would have to clear through the Republican-controlled Senate. You may recall that Senate Republicans removed stimulus checks from their own stimulus proposal because a majority of their own members are opposed to it and some do not believe in passing additional stimulus at all.

Senate Republicans have also adjourned for the next two weeks at the very least because of the COVID cluster of infections that spread from Trump's White House to the Senate GOP. A skeleton crew of senators have remained in Washington just to ram through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, not to advance stimulus measures.

House Democrats passed a comprehensive stimulus bill in lay May, but Republicans spent the last five months focused on one thing and one thing only: confirming as many conservative judges as they can before the music stops.

  • muselet

    This is a typically cack-fisted attempt by Donald Trump to make Nancy Pelosi the bad guy after he screwed the pooch.

    Apart from the possible mania from the dexamethasone (Kevin Drum calls the stuff “the Evil Dex” for a reason), there’s not much new here. Mitch McConnell wants nothing to do with any legislation that might conceivably help the economy—presumably on the theory that Trump is toast, and McConnell wants to hamstring the Biden administration as much as possible—so anyone choosing to play along with Trump would have to be delusional. Nancy Pelosi is emphatically not delusional.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    I guess we will just forget any discussion of mind altering medications and fevers/diseases that affect judgment, and allow a president to retain control of a giant nuclear arsenal while being impaired. You just knew Rump would be a mean ass person that sails through two days of Covid and remains unaffected. I’m wondering if he even had it. Maybe it was just fall allergies and a false positive..plenty of false positives and negatives with these quick tests. Or, maybe a horrible setback awaits..gosh, I’d feel so . … ..”bad” for our president if he was suddenly overcome with a raging fever, his lungs closed up and he finally suffered what so many in our country already have..he deserves no less. I’ve had it with these Nazi, repugnant right wingers..

    • 1933john

      October Surprise Gimmick, perhaps?

    • muselet

      Watch Donald Trump on the balcony, channeling Benito Mussolini, after his triumphant return to the White House. He was having enough trouble breathing, I’d be surprised if a medical team wasn’t just out of shot during his subsequent propaganda video.

      He has Covid-19, guaranteed.

      –alopecia