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Administration’s Successful Takedown of Baghdadi Has Dems Scrambling

Donald Trump + Nancy Pelosi

President Donald Trump’s triumphant takedown of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the top ISIS leader, on Saturday night sent Democratic lawmakers scrambling on Sunday, Fox News [1] noted on Sunday evening.

Related: Lindsey Graham on ISIS Leader’s Death: ‘I Want to Congratulate Donald Trump’ [2]

Why? Because several Dem leaders had been complaining recently — including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — that the White House had no “real plan” [3] to combat ISIS given the recent U.S. troops pullout from Syria, as the Democrat senator tweeted recently.

Perhaps there was no more compelling sign of message failure on the part of those on the Left than NBC’s most recent “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend.

The show ran an “ill-timed sketch suggesting that Trump had created ‘jobs’ for ISIS — just hours before the president held a news conference announcing al-Baghdadi’s demise,” as Fox News pointed out.

“The sketch aired around the time the two-hour late-night raid in northwest Syria was underway.”

Awkward timing indeed.

See this tweet:

“It’s genuinely fascinating watching Democrats in real time struggle to figure out what to say about this,” journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

“They want to be patriotic and anti-ISIS, but also need a way to malign Trump without contradicting their gushing Obama praise over [Osama bin Laden]: not an easy balancing act. Good luck!”

Dems worked very hard, it appeared to many, to try to avoid complimenting the president on a successful, important and daring raid — while in some cases complaining they were not told in advance and felt left out of the process.

But Trump suggested that Democrats in Congress — who have been engaged in an impeachment push against the president “that has been fraught with leaked information to the media [8],” as Fox News [1] noted — were not informed ahead of the raid out of concern they might compromise the operation with leaks.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), speaking on Sunday morning to Maria Bartiromo of the Fox News Channel about the news [2], noted, “This was a hard call by the president. He deserves a lot of credit, but the glory goes to the men and women who planned this operation, executed it. Last night the best of America met the worst of mankind in Baghdadi and the good guys won.”

Graham also said, “I just cannot tell you how much of a reminder this should be to the people aligned with us that America will not forget acts of terrorism and those who oppose us. We will never forget you — and we’ll always come after you.”

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