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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

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Pelousy has no say in the matter. Of course the MSM won’t mention this fact. The “invitation” is just a formality, Trump can call together either chamber or both anytime he wants.

Incorrect. To be invited, both chambers of Congress must pass a resolution. Pelosi, like McConnell in the Senate, basically has the power to hold up any resolution she wants.

Trump is head of the Executive Branch... not God Emperor.

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@Texas A

I'm not sure you understand what you have written yourself, nor what Pelosi has written... Where has she cited the SOTU is "ripe for attack"? I believe what she HAS stated is that given the lack of staff needed in order to securely conduct the sotu address, the address should be rescheduled to a suitable date after the government has re-opened, funding the necessary staff to attend. If anything, their putting Trump's well being first.

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Trump should release the hostages. He is getting blamed by a wide margin and he has no way out. Sign the bills the Democrats have passed and let the workers get paid.

You lost. Time to move on.

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It's for his own good, what with 800,000 workers, including security, furloughed. Trump really should think more of the safety of Americans rather than pursuing a vanity project.

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How would Trump begin the State of the Union Address?

My fellow Americans, the State of the Union is in the toilet. Blah, blah, blah, Nancy Pelosi, blah, blah, blah, witch hunt, blah, blah, Woe is me!, blah, blah, a wall, blah, blah, no collusion, blah blah blah.....

Yeah, it's probably for the best that Trump shuts his mouth for a while, but he won't.

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Trump can call together either chamber or both anytime he wants.

And members of Congress can refuse to attend. America is not a dictatorship. Yet.

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@fizzbit

You are wrong, Pelosi can deny him the invite. He can still do it at home if he wants though. You really should take your time to understand your own government before you start saying things that don't make any sense or sound straight wack.

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The very postponement of The State of The Union Address would seem to be, in and of itself, an appropriate statement of The State of The Union.

No need for any further statement.

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Just wait until flights start getting cancelled. I'm guessing the majority who blame Trump aren't going to suddenly switch sides because things got worse.

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"My fellow Americans, the state of the union is diabolical, because of me. Therefore I hereby resign."

That's all that's required.

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@Texas A

BTW, just for context, here's the paragraph before her asking to reschedule which also explains the "security concerns". I hope you can understand it, though it might not make any sense to you.

The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.

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Trump is damaging his 2020 campaign at this point. His supporters have reached some odd euphoria where they believe their minority is a mandate and resisting will eventually pay off.

But it won’t. People will lose their houses as collateral damage, and they will be fed images of Trump fans at one of his rallies cheering.

This is going to be disasterous tor him.

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Oh, snap!

Hitting him where it hurts!

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@fizzbit

Why do you bother looking that up, nobody has argued that he must not give the SOTU address at some time.

Joint sessions of congress have to be approved by house and senate majority leaders to happen in chamber though. So like I said, he can do it at home if he wants, or do it at a later time, after he's re-opened government.

It says nowhere that he has the power to walk onto the house floor and give a speech without the invitation.

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Keep the government closed until the Dems cave. They are the ones that like big government yet Pelosi can't compromise with the Senate to pass a spending bill.

This has no basis in reality.

Our president should consider giving the SOTU address in AT&T stadium up in Dallas. A POTUS speech given before 125k people would be historic. The next day he could send both houses of the Congress a transcript of what he said the night before.

It wouldn't be the SOTU then, it would just be a bunch of ignorant arseholes in a stadium listening to their ignorant arsehole of a leader.

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If someone can Jedi Mind Trick Fox into persuading them that re-opening government is WINNING! then this will automatically be uploaded to Trump during his next TV lesson. His nodding gullibles will then get the update via his next few tweets. Everyone else just needs to keep mum and pretend for a few days.

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Pelosi has every right not to invite Trump for the State of the Union address, and its good she did it.

She has courage , you can't deny that .

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@fizzbit

You think that this is an "extraordinary Occasion"? No President has ever given the SOTU during a government shutdown. Not so extraordinary, and not happening.

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I imagine it would be a financially idiotic for AT&T to host Trump to give a speech unless McDonald's, Wendy's, and Pizza Hut agree to sponsor it.

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the president can deliver a SOTU address in writing as well

In 140 characters?

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Trump should give a 1 hour speech from the Oval Office every night until the Dems give him the correct amount of border funding.

I wish he would, because it would take about 3-5 days before every single non-delusional person in America would see that he's a total idiot. It would expose, to the entire world in all it's HD glory, his total lack of intelligence, his total lack of forethought, and his total derangement.

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But the White House threatened to veto a House bill that would provide $12.1 billion in supplemental funding for national disasters if lawmakers combined it with a separate measure to temporarily reopen shuttered agencies without funding for a border wall, saying such a move would be "unacceptable."

Yes indeed, just like you said before you flip-flopped (the second time), you own this one lock, stock and barrel Donnie.

The increased threat from ISIS entering our air and sea ports, the threat of an aviation accident because air traffic controllers aren't getting paid, the increased threat to our food supply with an unfunded FDA...

You and your "spine" Ingram, Malkin, and Limbaugh are sure making a mess of things...

And as for the State of the Union speech, let him make it - with his unhinged word salad, there's no better proof that he has the "understanding of a fifth or sixth grader...."

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 yet Pelosi can't compromise with the Senate to pass a spending bill.

WTF are you taking about, Trump has clearly stated he owns the shutdown and that he wont sign anything that doesnt includes $5.6billion for his wall, nothing less, which part of that is compromise.

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@Texas A

I really don't understand what you mean, completely bizarre statement with no context to the article or posters comments...

Also, can you show me where she said "saying security for Americans is immoral"? I highly doubt that actually happened.

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Well Donald you’re up against a woman who knows more about legislative government than probably any other person in the United States. Add to that she has a steel back bone. She has a lot of arrows in her quiver and I’m not sure you even know what a quiver is In this context

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@fizzbit

I also forgot to mention, as Pelosi seems to suggest, the president can deliver a SOTU address in writing as well. He just can't deliver it on the house floor without an invitation. So he can do that as well. He should probably spell check it though.

 The Constitution calls for the President to “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” During the 19th Century and up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, these annual State of the Union messages were delivered to Congress in writing.

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@Texas A&M Aggie

Also, can you show me where she said "saying security for Americans is immoral"? I highly doubt that actually happened.

You never answered the question! LOL!

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Our president should consider giving the SOTU address in AT&T stadium up in Dallas. A POTUS speech given before 125k people would be historic. The next day he could send both houses of the Congress a transcript of what he said the night before.

Why not a better fitting venue - a Las Vegas third rate lounge where his ridiculous ranting and raving fit right in...

"Live from the Sands, its the SOU - given by your Apprentice (and soon to be impeached) President Donnie Trump...

With special musical group; "The President's Backbone" starring Laura Ingram, Michelle Malkin, and Rush Limbaugh)"

And playing in the Rumpus Room next door, Stormy Daniels!..."

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Pelosi is covering for RBG who definitely won't attend which will continue to fuel speculation that she is about to face the ultimate judge..

Every time a bell rings, a conservative creates a conspiracy theory.

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Our president should consider giving the SOTU address in AT&T stadium up in Dallas.

This would actually be one of the less weird things he has done as president if he actually did that.

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Pelosi is just the absolute worse that could ever come out of the Washington establishment and they’re already bad as it is, If the roles were reversed and a Republican would saying something outrageously dumb as she did, there would be calls for them to be stripped of their duties.

There already are republicans that say far worse: Trump and Steve King pop to mind.

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Also she claims security reasons yet she never asked Homeland security or the secret service. So it’s all political nonsense.

With this move, she put him in a position where no matter how he deals with it, he looks bad.

Strategically, it was boss.

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Had the Democrats Not withheld money for his wall we wouldn’t be in this position.

Considering there was a Republican majority Congress for two years, that's nonsense, but either way, there's still a shutdown, and it affects goverment agencies.

And as the President has been making a show of cancelling this and that because of the shutdown, the unpalatable truth he's now being schooled in is that a shutdown affects more than just the things he chooses to exploit for stunt value.

He engineered the shutdown, but he doesn't control it or get to pick and choose the consequences.

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You do know collusion doesn’t necessarily constituents as a crime.

Legally - who knows. Probably needs a judge to sort it out.

Morally/ethically - it's wrong. As in ethically wrong. Morally wrong.

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Trump should give a 1 hour speech from the Oval Office every night until the Dems give him the correct amount of border funding.

I agree!

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Trump should give a 1 hour speech from the Oval Office every night until the Dems give him the correct amount of border funding.

Lol, Trump can barely make a 5 minute speech without repeating himself, will be really funny to see a one hour speech.

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I couldn't handle Trump talking every night on TV. He has that stiff body style and looks weak and confused while struggling to read the teleprompter.

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I couldn't handle Trump talking every night on TV. He has that stiff body style and looks weak and confused while struggling to read the teleprompter.

I think if he was to speak from the oval office every night for an hour, we'd be seeing rally-style Trump, not teleprompter Trump.

It would be like the Jerry Springer of the new age.

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Trump supporters hold our institutions in high regard, unlike Pelosi as evidenced here.

Do you really need a reminder of the list of our institutions you guys degrade on a daily basis? Your only criteria for deciding which institutions to denegrate is whether they are favorable to Trump.

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Rules of the swamp no longer apply.

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Showing the orange face who's really in charge. Well done. He sure is going to cry and rage tweet about this.

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LOL! Worst President Ever!

Trump’s White House admits shutdown is having far worse impact on economy than originally anticipated

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-white-house-admits-shutdown-153959065.html

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@Chipstar.

Yep. Not a Trumpster. His behavior with media is as well horid at times.

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Well of course Nancy "Let's Talk in Private" Pelosi wants Trump to delay his speech - she knows he's going to humiliate her and Chuck and the rest of the Dems. 

You know Trump is gonna give the State of the Union if he gotta do it from McDonald's.

What Trump supporters really think if our institutions.

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We spend to much time talking about this year's speech - let's talk about next year's - Jan 2020. I imagine it will go something like this...

"Tonight ladies and gentlemen, from the auditorium of the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, your President, Donald Trump...

My fellow inmates, err.., I mean Americans. It is my pleasure to talk to you tonight on the state of the prison, err... I mean country...

The country is doing great - I mean I was impeached wasn't I? We no longer have a draft-dodging, serial lying, imbecile who cavorts with porn stars and colludes with Russians in office. Wow, such great times...

But I'm doing OK - I have lots of friends here on the inside; Manafort, Gates, Flynn, Cohen - Cohen's my "jailhouse lawyer..." In fact, most of my cabinet is here.

The only thing I miss besides Stormy, err, I mean Melania, is my five Big Macs per day...

Well, so long - I'll be seeing you again in 5-7 years, depending on good behavior"

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Trump is playing a losing hand. He should release the hostages.

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Democratic lawmakers who met with Trump said they told him to end the shutdown first and then talk about the issues dividing them.

"Our singular message was we've got to reopen the government and then in good faith we can have negotiations," Representative Dean Phillips told reporters.

It won't happen like that. It simple, Nancy Pelosi has agreed funding for border wall first and then reopen the Government. The Border Wall is important for America security and the United State needs it. Stop playing politic game, Nancy Pelosi, 800,000 peoples and their families are waiting for their pay check.

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Pelosi should agree to fund the wall in public. The Senate can pass the resolution.

When it gets to the House, Pelosi should say that she’s changed her mind and won’t sign unless she gets $10 billion for one of her projects.

Then we can sit back and watch Trump fans tell Trump that he needs to compromise.

Problem solved.

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Serrano:. But he should make it short and have family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegals take his time at the podium. Parade them up there, one by one, to tell their stories.

I accept those terms under one condition.

With every mass shooting Trump has to go to the school and give a speech about how we're not going to do anything about guns. Then the families can speak. Parade them up there, one at a time, to tell their stories

Im guessing the school speeches will be quite a bit longer than yours just because of the sheer number of dead kids, but then again the killers aren't Latino so there's no crisis.

Or we can put the emotional nonsense aside and focus on the issue at hand, which is Trump's hostages.

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This is a good read regarding the effects of Trunp's shutdown:

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/back-pay-no-way-u-163819128.html

Pelosi is trying to cancel the State of the Union to prevent the world from seeing a vacant chair where Ginsburg is supposed to be.

It's only a matter of time before conservatibes spin a conspiracy theory.

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Considering there was a Republican majority Congress for two years, that's nonsense, but either way, there's still a shutdown, and it affects goverment agencies.

Well, you are right, but that’s past us now, so the Dems say they’re for border security and with this new caravan forming 2 of them, they now should take the helm and show bipartisan support and fund the wall.

And as the President has been making a show of cancelling this and that because of the shutdown, the unpalatable truth he's now being schooled in is that a shutdown affects more than just the things he chooses to exploit for stunt value. 

And the Democrats are being schooled as well, their agenda is not getting through and won’t.

He engineered the shutdown, but he doesn't control it or get to pick and choose the consequences.

No, he’s taking control because unlike Democrats that want to take windy walks and trips, the President is hunkered down in the White House.

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Imagine trumps actually writing a state of the union letter! lol

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She did not need to speak to the press on it and go all ostentatious and grandiose. But she always has to be in the spotlight. Come on Dems you have to admit it. She loves the attention. Just look at her. That ever waiving hand. That deamnor. Rubs me the wrong way. If you going to talkl to the press. Stop. Plant two feet. Square up and adress the press the right way. We do not need that snobby walk away tactic.

You do realize you could replace each Pelosi with Trump and this would be equally accurate, correct?

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If Trump doesn't stop the wheels spinning and get the government employees back to work, he might have to write the SOTU himself (LOL), which could be the import of the Speaker's message containing this concealed threat since the cunning Pelosi knows how to pitch a curvedballs. Or maybe this year's SOTU will be a historic first: a boastful barrage of SOTU tweets from the isolated Trump, alone in the deathly quiet of the empty White House.

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Hopefully Chuck and Nancy buy a second podium before they do their videotaped rebuttal that rebuts things Trump didn’t even talk about.

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If the roles were reversed and a Republican would saying something outrageously dumb as she did, there would be calls for them to be stripped of their duties.

If Trump hadn't engineered a shutdown, he wouldn't be in the position of Pelosi placing unpalatable facts in front of him.

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lincolnman: "I'll own the shutdown, I'll accept the mantle"...

We can conclude at this point that Trump and his fans have decided that that never happened.

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Trump should troll her by giving the SOTU speech at the border. But he should make it short and have family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegals take his time at the podium. Parade them up there, one by one, to tell their stories. Shame the Democrats into funding the wall.

Problem solved.

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Pelosi has the nerve to voice concerns for her safety while she says screw everyone else’s safety by refusing to fund the wall.

“She’ll cut your head off and you won’t know you’re bleeding “

Daughter knows mommy. Pelosi is not to be trusted on anything.

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More of the effects of Trump's shutdown that he's proud of:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-air-traffic-controllers-system-145900603.html

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deadbeatles - Rules of the swamp no longer apply.

CrazyJoe - Well Donald you’re up against a woman who knows more about legislative government than probably any other person in the United States. Add to that she has a steel back bone. She has a lot of arrows in her quiver and I’m not sure you even know what a quiver is In this context

Pelosi is the swamp that your mother warned you about. This is simply old fashion politics. Elected Democrats will toe the line, or they will be hard pressed for party campaign contributions, and other assistance, in the future. I expect these types of standoffs to last for the next two years.

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Revolution is coming to the U.S.A. and it won’t be pretty.

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I never thought I would say this. But I am with crazy joe on his comment. And it was funny and spot on.

A sad state indeed. Sick of it all. I think Pelosi did the right thing if she was concerned a about safety a issue. But she went too far when she did this.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPR3BP5bzyY

Pelosi, speaking to reporters, suggested that if Trump would not agree to reschedule the speech until the government reopens, he could deliver it from the Oval Office instead-

The letter was enough.

She did not need to speak to the press on it and go all ostentatious and grandiose. But she always has to be in the spotlight. Come on Dems you have to admit it. She loves the attention. Just look at her. That ever waiving hand. That deamnor. Rubs me the wrong way. If you going to talkl to the press. Stop. Plant two feet. Square up and adress the press the right way. We do not need that snobby walk away tactic.

Good God. Tone it down Pelosi.

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Well of course Nancy "Let's Talk in Private" Pelosi wants Trump to delay his speech - she knows he's going to humiliate her and Chuck and the rest of the Dems.

Yea, humiliate them by showing them that "big, beautiful wall" that Mexico paid for. Wait, it's a fence. Wait, it's a barrier. Wait, it's a curb. Wait, it's a line in the sand... Or better, humiliate them by showing how their Campaign Manager actively colluded with Russians....

You know Trump is gonna give the State of the Union if he gotta do it from McDonald's.

I agree wholeheartedly - McDonald's is the absolute best place for him to give it - standing right next to his fellow clown Ronald....

Simple just do the state of the union address at the border. Preferably a place with no wall where illegals can be seen sneaking into the USA as he speaks.

Naw, McDonalds is better....

It’s called State of the Union speech.

Which is in bad shape, due to the Trump Crime Family - not The Sopranos, The Moronos

That state is that government isn’t opening until we get border security.

Even if our air and sea borders, where most terrorists enter, are much less secure. Makes sense, right?

What WE want, not what Dems think is good enough.

And security of our country from terrorists, aviation safety, and food security be damned...we don't care about that. We want our symbolic wall (fence, barrier, whatever)...

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Yea, humiliate them by showing them that "big, beautiful wall" that Mexico paid for. Wait, it's a fence. Wait, it's a barrier. Wait, it's a curb.

Once it’s built you can it a lego slab if you choose.

Wait, it's a line in the sand... Or better, humiliate them by showing how their Campaign Manager actively colluded with Russians....

You do know collusion doesn’t necessarily constituents as a crime.

I agree wholeheartedly - McDonald's is the absolute best place for him to give it - standing right next to his fellow clown Ronald.

Nancy and Chuck should stand right next to him., he’s funny.

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Once it’s built you can it a lego slab if you choose.

Once its built - you mean "mark my words, mark my words"?

Wait, it's a line in the sand... Or better, humiliate them by showing how their Campaign Manager actively colluded with Russians....

You do know collusion doesn’t necessarily constituents as a crime.

Yep, just impeachable. You do know that conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering, perjury, tax evasion are all crimes?

I agree wholeheartedly - McDonald's is the absolute best place for him to give it - standing right next to his fellow clown Ronald.

Nancy and Chuck should stand right next to him., he’s funny.

They can't - Nancy and Chuck aren't members of the Clown Union, just Ronald and Donnie...

You forgot to add....but since I am the President, I have huge Presidential powers of pardon...now watch me do my magic.

Hey Cohen, my pardon magic isn't working...what? It doesn't work on crimes being prosecuted by the NY Attorney General? Uh oh.....

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When Trump gets a national platform he can't stop himself from constantly lying. The TV networks should show the speech on tape delay after fact checking it.

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If Trump hadn't engineered a shutdown, he wouldn't be in the position of Pelosi placing unpalatable facts in front of him.

Had the Democrats Not withheld money for his wall we wouldn’t be in this position.

Once its built

Yes.

Yep, just impeachable. You do know that conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering, perjury, tax evasion are all crimes?

Yes, you are right, but it doesn’t mean, he would be convicted and even less chance of him being removed.

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Had the Democrats Not withheld money for his wall we wouldn’t be in this position.

"I'll own the shutdown, I'll accept the mantle"...

Once its built

Yep, two years and ain't built yet; "mark my words, mark my words"...

Yep, just impeachable. You do know that conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering, perjury, tax evasion are all crimes?

Yes, you are right, but it doesn’t mean, he would be convicted and even less chance of him being removed.

But makes it very likely....

By the way, try #8, care to answer why the Trump sons say they get all their money for the Trump Organization from Russia and Dad says "no Russian investments, no Russian deals"?

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So on Jan 3rd, Pelosi invited the President to present the State of the Union address. Wasn’t the government under shutdown then?

Also she claims security reasons yet she never asked Homeland security or the secret service. So it’s all political nonsense.

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Yeah if you ignore that it’s all politics and lies. He is the President, never looks bad because he can speak whenever and wherever he wants. Doesn’t have to do it in front of congress. They will probably do some ridiculous resistance stuff anyway.

would be good to get some proof of life on Ginsburg by making her attend though.

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She's doing him a favor! After all, he would have to admit the Union was in a state of CHAOS, RAPID DECLINE, and DIVISION. "It's a disgrace." Over to you, rapidly dwindling Trump supporters!

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Trump should give a 1 hour speech from the Oval Office every night until the Dems give him the correct amount of border funding.

He gives Mueller enough evidence as it is and you want him to have an hour every night to ramble?!

Imagine the number of times he would contradict himself and the evidence he would give the multiple investigations in the first 7 days alone!

This is the best idea in the history of written ideas!

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Lol.. my goodness. If I walked up to a McDonald's counter and demanded that I get a 20 piece KFC bucket of chicken... am I the jerk or is McD's for saying, "No, go away". And @serrano the daughter was actually saying her mother was a tough cookie and she won't back down from a fight. I hope you didn't just read a headline and jump to conclusion...whoops.

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stormcrowJan. 17 10:27 am JSTHow would Trump begin the State of the Union Address?

My fellow Americans, the State of the Union is in the toilet. Blah, blah, blah, Nancy Pelosi, blah, blah, blah, witch hunt, blah, blah, Woe is me!, blah, blah, a wall, blah, blah, no collusion, blah blah blah.....

Yeah, it's probably for the best that Trump shuts his mouth for a while, but he won't.

What the devil is there for this megalomaniac to say? Pity me! Nobody wikes me. I'm a god but nobody wants to hopscotch with me because they won't let me have my way. WAAAAAAH-HAHH!!!

America has been hijacked by this treasonous uncouth bullying nincompoop for too long. Might as well cancel the SOTU speech, it'd be a total sham and ego trip and Trump isn't MAN enough for the job or for the press questions anyway. He needs to go sulk in a corner and shut up!

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Pelosi is covering for RBG who definitely won't attend which will continue to fuel speculation that she is about to face the ultimate judge...

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Well of course Nancy "Let's Talk in Private" Pelosi wants Trump to delay his speech - she knows he's going to humiliate her and Chuck and the rest of the Dems.

You know Trump is gonna give the State of the Union if he gotta do it from McDonald's.

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What Trump supporters really think if ( of ) our institutions.

Trump supporters hold our institutions in high regard, unlike Pelosi as evidenced here.

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Simple just do the state of the union address at the border. Preferably a place with no wall where illegals can be seen sneaking into the USA as he speaks.

It’s called State of the Union speech. That state is that government isn’t opening until we get border security. What WE want, not what Dems think is good enough.

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Pelosi.....Now there is a piece of work. A female Donald Trump.

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Pelosi is trying to cancel the State of the Union to prevent the world from seeing a vacant chair where Ginsburg is supposed to be.

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@bass4funk By hunkered down you mean enjoying watching tv, eating hamberders then going to play golf at his resorts. Hmm... for a guy asking for a lot of money.. he has no problems spending it on security detail for unsecured places such as Mar-a-lago.

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U.S. Constitution - Article 2 Section 3

Article 2 - The Executive Branch

Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

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@deadforgood

It says nowhere that he has the power to walk onto the house floor and give a speech without the invitation.

So how do you interpret the words “on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them”?

It’s very clear.

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We spend to much time talking about this year's speech - let's talk about next year's - Jan 2020. I imagine it will go something like this...

"Tonight ladies and gentlemen, from the auditorium of the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, your President, Donald Trump...

My fellow inmates, err.., I mean Americans. It is my pleasure to talk to you tonight on the state of the prison, err... I mean country...

The country is doing great - I mean I was impeached wasn't I? We no longer have a draft-dodging, serial lying, imbecile who cavorts with porn stars and colludes with Russians in office. Wow, such great times...

But I'm doing OK - I have lots of friends here on the inside; Manafort, Gates, Flynn, Cohen - Cohen's my "jailhouse lawyer..." In fact, most of my cabinet is here. 

The only thing I miss besides Stormy, err, I mean Melania, is my five Big Macs per day...

Well, so long - I'll be seeing you again in 5-7 years, depending on good behavior"

You forgot to add....but since I am the President, I have huge Presidential powers of pardon...now watch me do my magic.

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Trump should give a 1 hour speech from the Oval Office every night until the Dems give him the correct amount of border funding.

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There already are republicans that say far worse: Trump and Steve King pop to mind.

What about Biden?

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- a move that could deny him the opportunity

Pelousy has no say in the matter. Of course the MSM won’t mention this fact. The “invitation” is just a formality, Trump can call together either chamber or both anytime he wants.

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So, Pelosi wants to be assured of a wall of security for herself. Odd, after saying security for Americans is immoral.

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Our president should consider giving the SOTU address in AT&T stadium up in Dallas. A POTUS speech given before 125k people would be historic. The next day he could send both houses of the Congress a transcript of what he said the night before.

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Pelosi is just the absolute worse that could ever come out of the Washington establishment and they’re already bad as it is, If the roles were reversed and a Republican would saying something outrageously dumb as she did, there would be calls for them to be stripped of their duties.

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Keep the government closed until the Dems cave. They are the ones that like big government yet Pelosi can't compromise with the Senate to pass a spending bill. The ball is in Nancy's court. Trump can't make Congress do It's job and appropriate finds. That's Nancy's job - she has to compromise with tjed Senate. If the Dems keep the affected agencies closed longer than 30 days Trump can start the process of laying off deep state bureacrates after another month. Win-win situation for Conservatives.

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Pelosi wrote ... a letter citing security concerns -- article

Perhaps the Senate Homeland Security committee should open an all-inclusive investigation (I.e., review of decades old bank statements, tax filings, etc.) of Pelosi for this statement to see if she is in fact colluding with terrorists (foreign and domestic) by dog whistling that the SOTU is ripe for attack.

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