Donald Trump thought he was going to get all of the media attention with his speech about Hillary Clinton. Instead, House Democrats have dominated the news with a dramatic takeover of the House floor to demand a vote on gun control legislation.
Donald Trump is scrambling for cash for his presidential campaign, and desperate for media attention. The Trump campaign has been touting their speech about Hillary Clinton as the big moment that would turn their campaign around, but less than hour after Trump finished speaking, Rep. John Lewis came to the House floor and asked the rest of his colleagues to join him on the House floor.
What Rep. Lewis said next was more powerful than a million Trump teleprompter speeches, “So today we come to the floor of the House to dramatize the need for action. Not next year, but now, today. Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something when you have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”
At that moment, Trump’s hopes of winning media day were dashed as House Democrats staged a protest that led to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cutting off the C-SPAN cameras on the House floor. The Democratic message was not be denied as the protesters started broadcasting live video from the House floor on Facebook and Periscope.
Today was supposed to be Donald Trump’s big pivot day to attacking Hillary Clinton, but the presumptive Republican nominee is playing a distant second fiddle to a Democratic protest in the House. Trump is finding out that in the political arena celebrity isn’t enough to carry the day. A blue wave rose up and swallowed Donald Trump. It is an experience that he should get used to because it may repeat itself often between now and Election Day.