ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd thinks President Donald Trump won’t “know what hit him” come January 3rd as Democrats step into leadership of the House.
The former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign told fill-in host Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he thinks the president is not prepared for what Democrats will be throwing at him, especially with incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the helm.
Speaking of funding for wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and the partial government shutdown which is clearly headed into the new year, Dowd suggested that Trump would “set another record’ as the shutdown would surpass the last record of 21 days.
“Donald Trump’s already given up on the wall. He’s now talking about a fence with slats. He’s now given up on Mexico paying for it,” Dowd declared. “We’re going to set a record over 21 days.”
“Let’s look ahead to that lovely prospect. In 2019, it is a whole new world for President Trump starting this week. What do you expect? Is he prepared for that?” Raddatz asked.
“No, I don’t think he is prepared for it both emotionally and administratively in the White House,” Dowd responded.
“First of all, they have a new chief of staff coming in. They’ll have a new defense secretary coming in. They have acting secretaries in a number of places, and they don’t have an infrastructure in the White House that is going to deal with the amount of subpoenas, the amount of investigations,” he explained.
“I think Nancy Pelosi is going to play this very smart,” he added, referring to the current House Minority Leader who has already made it clear she will actively be leading her Democratic colleagues on an all-out attack on the Trump administration.
“She’s going to pass a series of bills on public policy. She’s going to do something on guns. She is going to do something on trying to eliminate the shutdown. She’s going to pass a bunch of stuff, and she’ll let her people chair these committees,” Dowd said.
“I don’t think Donald Trump is going to know what hit him come January 3,” he concluded.
The network’s senior congressional correspondent cautioned that Democrats need to be wary of “overplaying their hand” as they go on the offensive against the president.
“They can’t just investigate and issue subpoenas until they’re blue in the face,” Mary Bruce said.
“They’re planning this anti-corruption push which is about setting a new tone. It has very little to no chance of becoming a reality and getting the president’s signature.,” she explained. “It gives Democrats a chance to say there’s a new sheriff in town. It puts Republicans in a tough situation to vote against some of these issues. That’s something you’re going to see over and over. Democrats trying to box in Republicans.”
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