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Democratic leaders are upset that President Donald Trump will receive television coverage for his speech about the government shutdown on Tuesday — and they’re making some demands.

In a statement released Monday after the president announced he would be giving a speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) demanded that Democrats be given the same consideration to present counterpoints.

“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” they said in the joint statement.

Pelosi tweeted the same statement from her social media account:

Trump announced that he would speaking about the government shutdown and why there is such a need for a border wall to fend off illegal entry into the country.

Pelosi and Schumer have absolutely rejected any insistence from the president and his allies that Congress approve of a budget with border wall funding.

“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border,” the president tweeted.

A senior White House official indicated that the address would take about 7 to 8 minutes.

Many on the left were outraged that the major television networks had agreed to give the president airtime.

“There’s no reason networks should air Trump’s latest reality-TV spectacle,” tweeted former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

“It would just be another opportunity for him to spout lies to the American people, while distracting from the real issue: Trump’s complete inability to govern,” Reich added. “Don’t fall for it.”

Former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer also registered his anger on Twitter.

“As long as the legacy media cares more appearing balanced than accurately informing the public,” Pfeiffer said, “Trump and the rest of the Republicans who act in bad faith are going to have a structural political advantage.”

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Paul Lee

    January 9, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Poor Nancy and Chuck……and they’re worried about lies, really – give us all a break, please.

    • Bob Lyons

      January 9, 2019 at 2:50 am

      You are right. I can see a response to his state of the union address, but to a 7-8 minute speech on the southern border and the govt. shut down is crazy. Also, how many times did Obama give talks to influence US from the Oval Office. The republicans didn’t complain about that a demand equal time. These two are a really a rotten pair.

      • Avocado

        January 9, 2019 at 6:28 am

        Absolutely rotten and absolute unconcern for the country and the legal Americans. DEPORT THEM WITH THEIR ILLEGALS.

      • Ken Easterling

        January 9, 2019 at 11:39 am

        noun
        1.the intention or desire to do evil; ill will:
        “I bear no malice toward anybody”

        The Pelosi Schumer democrat rant has a new speech writer that hauls out new word daily. They aren’t smart enough to use those words.They are pathetic and rotten. I use those words because they might figure out their meaning.

  2. Mary Johnson

    January 9, 2019 at 1:25 am

    As far back as I can remember the president as always been televised and when I was little you had no chose but to watch the President or no television at all, so now because it is President Trump there is a problem. Get real Democrats and another thing you are not equal to the President and the President will always be commander and chief so get over yourselves.

    • Dean Perry

      January 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      “The President will always be commander and chief”

      LOL

      • Joe

        January 9, 2019 at 10:12 pm

        But didn’t you say the same thing about obama. Guess he was a pile of shit according to you

  3. Carol Arnst

    January 9, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Let’s face face Chuck and Nancy….you both have no intention on protecting our borders….why….because a democrat isn’t our president. Well as an American voter, I am offended by the way you both are refusing to actually consider what is at stake. Seems democrats have no problem spending plenty in foreign countries…yes our taxpayer money. Shame on you and shame on congress not doing the right thing for our country.

    • Avocado

      January 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Schumer and Pelosi are not concerned about spending our money on the perks these Dems is and are giving the ILLEGALS already here. Billions and billions of dollars every year and going up every year as more ILLEGALS sneak in. But they do not want to spend money on the wall to prevent these ILLEGALS from jumping the fence. DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS and SCHUMER AND PELOSI WITH THEM .

  4. chris

    January 9, 2019 at 1:31 am

    All the President NEEDS TO DO IS SHOW THE TAPES OF WHAT REALLY GOING ON THEN THEY ARE DONE FOR. GO for it MR President. Nancy and Chuck are crying like babies again because they no there about to lose again. WE the American people want this wall or what ever they want call. Other wise the go fund me account would not have over 20 million $ in less than a month to hell build the wall. Gt over your self and do the job you were elected to do or quit be for your vote out next time.

  5. Silas Longshot

    January 9, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Trump should play clips of Bill Clinton, Hillary, Schmuck Shumer, Nutty Nancy AND 0bama, all promoting up to $25 BILLION for the wall they blathered on about. Of course it was the usual empty democrat motions and lies promised, but nonetheless they said such. Play it in front of them, then ask, Hey, Chuck, what was so great about YOUR wall that you lied to the American people about?
    Then show data charts of how 90% of Americans are concerned about the border security.
    Show the tons of pot confiscated (a fraction of what gets through)
    Show the tons of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, a portion of what gets through.
    Show the thousands of Americans who died from this illegal drug trade.
    Show the thousands of Americans who die at the hands of Illegals committing crimes
    Show the thousands of Americans who die at because of drunk driving illegals.
    Show the billions of tax dollars spent on health care, housing, food, education of illegals.
    And that should cover the first half hour.

    • Bob Lyons

      January 9, 2019 at 2:53 am

      Right On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael

      January 9, 2019 at 9:44 am

      You just nailed it ! That’s exactly what needed to be televised on live TV for the entire country to see !!

  6. John R. PylesIII

    January 9, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I hope an illegal alien invader visits one or all of these assholes and leaves them breathless

  7. Elizabeth

    January 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    These ppl are unbelievable. Like a bunch of 5 year olds. Thank you President Trump for your hard work for this country.

  8. N

    January 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    ‪Soros and his minions the NAZI Commie Demoncrat liberals party are responsible for this treasonous act against the sovereignty of the United States!Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law these NAZI Commie Demoncrat libs post haste, President Trump!‬

  9. Pam Torres

    January 9, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Last I checked, Trump is the POTUS, not either of you. You are lesser gov’t officials. Name one President where lesser officials were given scheduled equal time on the air after our POTUS addressed the nation. Don’t you get it? No matter what Pilosi, Schumer, Clinton, Obama, etc. (ad nauseum) thinks about Trump, he is President. As such, he gets to address the Nation when he feels it is needed. If one of you becomes POTUS in the future (God forbid) then you can do it too. Time to deflate those oversized egos. You are not as important as Trump.

  10. Ron Moulton

    January 9, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The only BS that will come out of this is from Pelosi and Crying Chuck. Every word they spoke was a lie. They looked like robots reading cooked up lies. Alt left crap for the socialist darlings. They can kiss my ass.

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