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EDITORIAL: Can Trump Handle Abrams, Pelosi and Their ‘Sisters’ at Upcoming Address?

The federal government shutdown is over – at least for the next 90 days.

And even without securing the billions Trump wanted for his wall – a demand for which he previously said he would neither negotiate or concede, #45 has found himself forced to compromise. Indeed, that is the way our three branches of government were intended to function.

Yielding to the newly-acquired power of the Democrat-controlled House, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump has accepted Pelosi’s offer to give his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5 during which he’ll undoubtedly boast about how he’s single-handedly given the U.S. economy its biggest boost in, well, forever, if you believe the president.

But he’ll be facing a sea of white as the House Democratic Women’s Working Group has invited female members of both parties to wear the color next week as a symbol of solidarity and a declaration that they will not allow a rollback on hard-earned rights nor will they remain silent on issues affecting women that include affordable health care, reproductive rights and equal pay. And with more women now in Congress than at any other time in history, that sea of white could be overwhelming, if not disarming to Trump’s particularly given his propensity for dismissing or disrespecting women.

But the real test may come when former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gives the Democratic response to his address. Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party who lost to Republican opponent Brian Kemp, then secretary of state who refused to resign before overseeing his own race, has allegedly been considering a U.S. Senate run in 2020.

However, all eyes are focused on what she’ll say next Tuesday during which she’ll become the first Black woman to give the Dems response to the State of the Union.

Pelosi described what’s in store for America and Trump in a statement.

“Stacey Abrams embodies the American Dream and her powerful message of progress for all is deeply needed during this time for our country.”

“Stacey Abrams offers a welcome, stark contrast to President Trump’s politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of his self-imposed shutdown,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer in a statement, also calling her “a present and future leader in this country, a dynamic, moral leader and [an elected official who has] delivered results on the issues that matter most to Americans.”

Abrams says she’s proud to have the opportunity and we’re equally proud of her as well. As for this State of the Union and the Democratic response that will follow, we’re certain that the women of Congress will make sure the heat’s turned up to the maximum.

Trump’s got his hands full — we can’t wait to see the outcome.

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