Because Donald Trump remains completely uninterested in any aspect of his tantrum-fueled government shutdown that does not revolve around praise of or insults to himself, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to postpone his planned State of the Union address has stuck in his mind as no other aspect of the shutdown has. He barely mentions the 800,000 unpaid federal workers. He has rarely so much as touched glancingly on the damage wrought by closed government offices, or the steep daily drain on the economy that even his own administration admits continues to mount.
But the self-obsessed narcissist lost an evening of applause and television time, and he remains irate about that. After an initial attempt at retaliating by cancelling a Pelosi-led trip to visit troops in Afghanistan (his administration going so far as to expose not just the initial plans, but subsequent plans to attempt the trip on commercial airlines—yet another incident of Trump’s team intentionally endangering the security of others in efforts to soothe the burger-chomping incompetent’s ego), he’s now musing about well what if he just shows up anyway, so there.