Tip to Trump: Stop call­ing it ‘the wall’

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - BAY AREA -

Un­like con­ven­tional politi­cians, how­ever, Trump has the abil­ity and will­ing­ness to re­verse him­self on a dime and still claim he is mov­ing for­ward.

If Democrats are re­ally con­cerned about the fed­eral work­ers who aren’t get­ting paid dur­ing this shut­down, they’re go­ing to need to back off as well and give Trump an out.

Most pres­i­dents would blink when con­fronted with the like­li­hood that they’re caus­ing a fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter for hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple. Trump could dou­ble down.

Af­ter all, this is a guy who, through­out his busi­ness ca­reer, has con­sid­ered bank­ruptcy a vi­able op­tion.

Overkill: In­au­gu­ra­tions were once solemn and quick. Now, they’ve turned into full-blown ral­lies.

I at­tended a half­dozen swear­ing-ins last week, and all of them opened with an in­vo­ca­tion by a min­is­ter, fol­lowed by a youth choir, fol­lowed by far too many speeches.

Gov. Gavin New­som’s swear­ing-in was the most elab­o­rate. You’d have al­most thought he was tak­ing the oath of of­fice as pres­i­dent.

When his 2-year-old son, Dutch, wan­dered onto the stage and stole the show, it re­minded me of what my mother told me years ago: “If your child stands up dur­ing your speech, it’s time for you to sit down.”

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, farm­work­ers union co­founder Dolores Huerta and for­mer Michi­gan Gov. Jen­nifer Gran­holm as speak­ers. Keep an eye on Koua­nalakis, the state’s first fe­male gov­er­nor lite. She’s al­ready look­ing to lose the “lite” part.

For my money, the most heart­felt swearingin cer­e­mony was Fiona Ma’s as state trea­surer. She held it at the re­built Booker T. Wash­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Cen­ter in San Fran­cisco, a build­ing that now in­cludes 50 apart­ments for young adults com­ing out of foster care.

Fat fun: When the break for lunch came on swear­ing-in day in Sacra­mento, ev­ery­one headed for Frank Fat’s.

For­mer Gov. Jerry Brown and San Fran­cisco Mayor Lon­don Breed shared a ta­ble. Breed spent much of her time lob­by­ing any­one who would lis­ten to sup­port Kim­berly El­lis as the next state Demo­cratic Party chair.

El­lis nar­rowly lost the race for party chair last year to Eric Bau­man. Then Bau­man had to quit be­cause of a sex­ual mis­con­duct scan­dal, so the job is open again.

Judg­ing by how for­mer state Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León was work­ing the crowd at ev­ery in­au­gu­ral event, I think he has his eye on the job as well. An­other first: Con­grat­u­la­tions to Nor­man Yee, the new pres­i­dent of the San Fran­cisco Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

You can bet Mayor Lon­don Breed is go­ing to make a point of invit­ing Yee and an­other Asian Amer­i­can of­fice­holder, city Asses­sorRecorder Car­men Chu, to ev­ery event she at­tends in the next few months.

They’ll make great pho­tos for the Chi­nese me­dia and a great pitch for the Chi­nese vote in

Jim Wat­son / AFP / Getty Images

Pres­i­dent Trump speaks dur­ing his Thurs­day visit to a Bor­der Pa­trol sta­tion in McAllen, Texas, where he went to push his cam­paign to build a bor­der wall.

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