We still maintain that Vice President Mike Pence, who sat stoically and merely observed was the MVP of Tuesday’s meeting between President Trump, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, but CNN’s Chris Cillizza sees it differently.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 11, 2018
Cillizza seems to think that Schumer and Pelosi managed to beat Trump at his own game, writing Tuesday:
It was, without question, good TV. It was the sort of sausage-getting-made (or, perhaps more appropriately given how things transpired, not getting made) moment that the public rarely gets to see.
“We’re here to have a conversation,” said Pelosi at one point. “I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press.”
And yet, have the debate they did! But as the three politicians were fighting — and the fourth man in the room, Vice President Mike Pence, seemed very focused on trying to blend into the wallpaper — something interesting happened: Donald Trump lost.
How did Trump lose? He said he’d take responsibility for the government shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the border wall. “That last line from Trump is an absolute dagger politically,” writes Cillizza.
We don’t know: shutting down the government sounds good to us … why not take the credit?
Are you on crack?
— greta (@gretathegreek) December 13, 2018
I often wonder what color the sky is in @CillizzaCNN’s world.
Where there are unicorns to ride. And griffins to fly. And #MedicareForAll is sound fiscal policy.
Meanwhile, here in blue sky Reality….
— Seton Motley (@SetonMotley) December 12, 2018
Put the beer goggles down.
— Julie-Anna Ryerson (@julie_ryerson) December 12, 2018
This picture shows the exact opposite of the caption btw
— Evan Bell (@Evan_M_Bell) December 12, 2018
Those 2 are playing checkers while @realDonaldTrump is playing chess. They got slapped down.
— TheHashJag (@TheHashJag) December 12, 2018
They don't drug test at CNN do they?????
— Name cannot be blank (@MBanaszak78) December 12, 2018
You folks at cnn see things the opposite of what they really are or you just really are fake news
— MSUFan (@CowbellDawg) December 12, 2018
Funny everyone else sees it different, Chris
— Michael Kirschten (@bully620) December 12, 2018
Yes, keep telling yourself that… ?
— Drew Medcalf (@DrewMedcalf) December 12, 2018
As they repeatedly begged that cameras get taken away?
Even you can figure out that if Nancy and Chucks tag team was even slightly successful, they'd have been posing like Madonna in Vogue
— Nick Staub (@nsromaine) December 12, 2018
Not even close…. this is transparency.
— Doe (@dodiyodoe3) December 12, 2018
Nice interpretation of Schumer and Pelosi getting bitchslapped on live TV
— Stormstruc (@Stormstruc) December 12, 2018
You’re bad at this
— Rob Berretta (@Berrettaman28) December 12, 2018
Chris, watch it again, go on I'll wait
— Judy Ann Trigo (@TrigoAnn) December 12, 2018
— sara evangelista (@ryansmeems) December 12, 2018
I don't think you understood what actually happened.
— Joey Mccord (@therealjmccord) December 12, 2018
Did we watch the same video?
— Roderick (@Roderick_Z) December 12, 2018
The ratio on this is glorious.
— Jonathan McNeil (@_JonathanMcNeil) December 12, 2018
That's not even sort of true….
— BuckeyeLeslie (@LeslieSchumache) December 12, 2018
You’re either in deep denial or a bit slow if you think Trump got owned in this meeting. I’m not even a Trump fan btw.
— Josue Rodriguez (@JosueRo79599248) December 12, 2018
That's why Schumer can't look at him. Watched it and you can tell by body language Schumer lost. He was defeated the minute the press walked in and he was forced into transparency
— esther felton (@felton_esther) December 12, 2018
Chuck looks like a dog when its owner raises its voice.
— Rane Ellison (@Rane_Ellison) December 13, 2018
We obviously didn't witness the same interaction because Trump owned them.
— James Tiber (@Salamandus1) December 13, 2018
— golfurk (@tfurk) December 12, 2018
Interesting picture choice to prove your point.
— FNU LNU (@head_detective) December 12, 2018
This is the most transparent meeting and is about time it gets exposed who Nancy and Chuck really represents. Not the ordinary working Americans. This game they play has been exposed and you are living in a bubble if you think Trump looks bad here.
— Martoonie22 (@martoonie22) December 12, 2018
The President put Schumer in “the box”, you never want to be in “the box”, in the corporate executive world.
— Jim Massey (@jmass_tx) December 12, 2018
…when “caption this pic” goes entirely wrong.
— MommyInkwell (@mommyinkwell) December 12, 2018
Can you share whatever you're smoking?
— Paula (@WoggyD) December 12, 2018
Trump spanked them publicly! That was AWESOME!
— @scottamundson (@ScottAmundson) December 13, 2018
How sweet it was to watch ?
— OhRiba (@oh_riba) December 12, 2018
This is a pretty horrible take, and a well-earned ratio for it I might add.
— Jay Bradshaw (@JayBradshaw67) December 13, 2018
Except he was able to get on camera, both of those dopes opposing border security.
— Steve (@casurfer1) December 13, 2018
They got Trump Thumped
— Johnny Green (@johngreen1620) December 13, 2018
Being wrong not at the top of your list of things to avoid? They walked right into looking like they don't care about national security and admitted as much on TV.
— Bill (@bbriner07) December 12, 2018
Ah, President Trump owned Schumer and Pelosi in that meeting. Excellent move televising the entire exchange for the public to watch. Schumer’s body language and inability to look the President in the eye when talking, and Pelosi’s frantic attempt to turn the cameras off. 3D chess
— Nomad (@nomad_pilot) December 12, 2018
I think not. He took responsibility from chuck, making himself the alpha, nancy asked to debate in private, beclowning herself after railing about transparency, and trump said he'll build it. If you think lack of conviviality is bad for him, you haven't been paying attention.
— Chris (@unlobodelnorte) December 12, 2018
He confirmed his re-election. #KAG2020
— Lisa (@kittywhisperer7) December 12, 2018
Couldn’t have gotten this bad take anymore wrong. Dems embarrassed themselves over national security. Made it clear they want open borders so they can pander for votes in future years. Embarrassing.
— Matthias Tarducciano (@duccimane15) December 12, 2018
Obviously you’ve never been in a high stakes negotiation. Like Trump or not, he owned them and they knew it. Watch the body language.
— Julie Adamen (@julieadamen) December 12, 2018
You are so wrong man. Thank God for this awesome President.
— Jeff Germata (@jeffgermata) December 12, 2018
I’m sure you were watching a different meeting. @POTUS owned them both. He took ownership of what will happen if he doesn’t get what he wants and what the country needs.
— Tommy Nelson (@TommyNe61510771) December 13, 2018
When, exactly, was the last time @CNN got anything correct? Ever?
— Carl Bradley (@CarlDBradley) December 13, 2018
You got ratio’d for this and I love it.
— Anthony Jr. (@aaprojr) December 13, 2018
'I'd like to report a murder': Chris Cillizza pelted with painful flashbacks after this dig at FNC's Harris Faulkner https://t.co/cuOl6G41TM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 13, 2018