Pelosi rips Trump at meeting with House Dems: You can't associate him with manhood

This is the most personally demeaning thing one could say about a guy who’s obsessed with his alpha-male status so consider this your official notice that there will be no Deals! between the president and Congress over the next two years.

Although it must be noted: The new female Speaker of the House basically calling Trump a cuck after their first meeting is a fine teaser for the dramatic upcoming third season of this garbage reality show we now live in.

“I was trying to be the mom,” she added [of her meeting with Trump and Chuck Schumer], but “it goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”…

“It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” she deadpanned. “This wall thing.”…

“The press is all there! Chuck is really shouting out. I was trying to be the mom. I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild,” she said, later adding: “But the fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his. That was an accomplishment.”…

The entire thing baffled Pelosi. It’s a “cultural phenomenon,” Pelosi told her colleagues, that “the fate of our country [is] in the hands of this person.”

Various other outlets, from WaPo to CNN to the Hill, also have sources relaying the “manhood” comment. Interesting how eager Democrats are to have that out there. Partly, I’d guess, it’s due to the pure enjoyment of watching President Alpha be rhetorically emasculated, knowing how it’ll sting him. Partly it’s Pelosi and her caucus wanting to signal to Democratic voters how “tough” and even nasty she’s willing to be in brawling with Trump as the once and future leader of the House. E.g., another leaked quote: “He said at the end of the meeting, he said, ‘We can go two routes with this meeting: with a knife or a candy.’ I said, ‘Exactly.’”

But mostly, I think, it’s to bait Trump into digging in on the shutdown, which Dems think will be a winner for them politically. (Notice in the excerpt what Pelosi considers her “accomplishment” today to have been.) They’re probably right about that, too — not because the polling favors them, necessarily, but because congressional Republicans won’t want a protracted shutdown which they know going in will be blamed on the president. This is “Trump vs. Democrats” right now but soon enough it’ll be a “Trump vs. RINOs” thing. Insulting him personally is Pelosi’s way of making it harder for him to cave, at least early on, thus ensuring that intra-GOP squabble later.

I’m looking forward to the exchange of hot takes after this between two of the most annoying segments of the pundit class, the group that thinks Pelosi is an indispensable political genius and the group that’s forever moaning when more respectable politicians “sink to Trump’s level” with personal insults. Did Nancy screw up by further “lowering the discourse” here? Or is it actually a master strategic stroke? Stay tuned.