If your mortal enemies are engaged in a bloody, winner-take-all power struggle among themselves, what should you do? Well, for one, you should not entangle yourself in their fight. In inserting yourself into their struggle, you have united the very people you wish to defeat. They are no longer at each other’s throats. No, now they are united against you.
The old adage is still true: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to these Democrats, this is a lesson that President Trump has yet to learn.
It all started in late June when a $4.5 billion border aid package arrived in the House for a vote. The day of the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a group of Democrats to “Understand what we’re up against in the White House. The president would love for this bill to go down today…A vote against this bill is a vote for Donald Trump and his inhumane, outside-the-circle of civilized attitude toward the children.”
When the vote was taken, the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Democrats with only four defectors: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI). The four now known affectionately as “The Squad.”
The defection immediately angered Speaker Pelosi who said in a New York Times interview that “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” Pelosi then continued reprimanding the four freshwomen by telling Democrats in a closed-door meeting to stop using social media to attack fellow party members.
But that was just the beginning. AOC responded by going to the one move that almost all Democrats fall back on when they are backed into a corner: she accused Nancy Pelosi of being racist. Speaking in a Washington Post interview, Ocasio-Cortez said: “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out…it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful…the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
That set off a firestorm among Democrat party members. Most took Pelosi’s side, but AOC and the other three members of The Squad stood their ground on the issue. Conservative journalists and commentators sat back and watched with glee as the feud grew hotter and hotter and hotter…and then in came President Trump.
Early Sunday morning, Trump took to Twitter to deliver a scathing message on The Squad: “So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
A few quick observations. One, only one of the four Congresswomen Trump indirectly refers to were born outside of the US. That is Rep. Ilhan Omar who was born in Somalia and moved to America when she was nine years old. Two, Trump said: “Why don’t they go back…Then come back.” This was not a racist “go back where you came from” remark. This is not racism, this is Trumpism. Trumpism is simply: “you say something critical about me, my administration, or my job and I will fire back.” It’s not always presidential or right but it is what Trump does. It’s a free country! They can criticize Trump all they want, and Trump can fire back all he wants.
But this article is not a breakdown of Trump’s now infamous tweet. The thing is, the Democrats were eating each other alive, so Trump should have left his fork (or phone) at home. The President made a major tactical error on Sunday when he stuck himself into the Dem’s power struggle. The liberal news media immediately saw a way out of having to cover the Democratic rift, and soon enough every cable news show was all about condemning Trump’s “racist” tweets. Soon enough, Pelosi and The Squad were back on the same page berating the “racist occupant” of the White House. Soon enough, The Squad were strongly (no seriously, Ilhan Omar has a foul mouth) ripping into President Trump during a primetime presser. And soon enough, the entire Democratic party united to vote for the passing of House Simple Resolution 489 to condemn Trump’s “racist” tweet.
All in all, at a time when an open power struggle was breaking out among the seasoned Speaker and the freshwoman, ignorant, live-streaming AOC and her Squad, Trump really needed to refrain himself from jumping into the proverial ring. Let them tear themselves apart.
In the middle of an election cycle, Trump needs all the good press he can get and ripping into AOC–the media’s little darling–is not the way to do it. Talk about the economy. Talk about jobs. Talk about how you can do more push ups then Joe Biden, but don’t entangle yourself in the Democrat’s nonsense.
Note to Melania: next time the Democrats start fighting like this, take his phone. Just take his phone.
-Antonio L. Jimenez