Bonjean and Hawn: Trump wanted to eat Democrats’ lunch. That’s why they didn’t show up for his.

Bonjean and Hawn: Trump wanted to eat Democrats’ lunch. That’s why they didn’t show up for his.

 

“Inviting Democrats to the White House to try and find a way to break the impasse gives Trump a reason to be critical when they decide not to show up,” Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said. “It gives the White House a helpful messaging opportunity” even though “a deal is not likely to be immediately reached” at such a meeting.

“These members were not born yesterday,” said Kristen Hawn, a Democratic strategist who works with members of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition in the House. “When the president is serious about coming to bipartisan compromise, I have no doubt that they will meet with him, as many have done in the past. But they won’t be used as his political pawns to hide the fact that he is the one responsible for the longest shutdown in history.”