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Old 01-27-2019, 05:45 PM
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Judo, the art of indirect attack

Originally Posted by ThelmaLou View Post
Phooey, the whole freakin' world understands thump's weaknesses.

Nancy did not engage with him. It's the same tactic that works with trolls here that few avail themselves of. Don't take the bait. Don't play their game. Don't argue. Don't attack. Don't defend. Don't go back and forth page after page after page. IOW don't engage at all.
Disagree. She engaged, but in a very particular way. Her attacks were brutal, but indirect.

She hit him where it hurts, by gradually taking away something he wanted: the TV spectacle of the State of the Union address. With Charles Shumer, she baited him into taking responsibility for the shutdown on television. And check this out:
"Federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks," Pelosi said of the ongoing government shutdown. "What that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, paying their rent, paying their car payment, paying their children's tuition."

Pelosi then accused Trump of being "insensitive" to federal workers, and took an apparent jab at the money Trump received from his father.

"The president seems to be insensitive to that," she said. "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can't."
As Trump's fortune is grounded upon silver spoon, that was a cutting attack. But since it didn't involve name calling, it wasn't juvenile in the way Trump's frankly successful attacks on males are.

We might agree though. Pelosi didn't engage on Trump's level, but at a couple of levels higher. That helps.

ETA: Also agree troll management is relevant here. To take another example, Parkland survivor Hogg has a good approach: don't engage (directly) cutoff their oxygen.

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