Trump biographer: Donald’s State of the Union postponement proves he’s ‘scared’

If there’s one thing we know about Donald Trump, it’s that he relishes conflict and always seems to be spoiling for a fight.

But on Wednesday, Trump uncharacteristically backed down from a dispute over giving the State of the Union address after he was told by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that he would not be welcome in the House chamber until the government shutdown ends. Trump announced that the address would be postponed via Twitter:

Trump’s behavior, according to his biographer, Michael D’Antonio, suggests that he’s afraid.

Wednesday evening on CNN, D’Antonio told host Don Lemon:

“It’s shocking. This sounds like something that maybe Ivanka wrote or Jared Kushner. It really doesn’t sound like Donald Trump’s language. This is a fellow who has troubles stringing three words together in the right order.”

D’Antonio also noted that the respectful tone of Trump’s two tweets on the State of the Union, which is also highly unusual for this combative president:

“I think he’s scared. He’s afraid. He’s politically afraid the Senate Republicans are probably telling him this is a disaster. He sees that people are suffering and are fed up with maybe he’s going to act presidential because he’s being forced to act presidential.”

Trump should be scared. His poll numbers have slumped to a new low and voters overwhelmingly say they blame the president and Congressional Republicans for the shutdown, which is now in its 34th day. And new developments in the Russia investigation also have some in the GOP whispering that Trump could well be impeached once the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller is released.

Worst of all, Trump may have come to the realization that he does indeed own the shutdown, and until he finds a way to end it, things are only going to get worse for him.

Here’s Mark D’Antonio on CNN:

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