Did you catch the exaggerated, alligator-like hand clap which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed toward President Trump during a portion of his State of the Union address?
It was a highly public, somewhat sarcastic swipe by Pelosi, as if to say, "It's about time you said that," or "Your actions don't fit your words, buddy!"
Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer seem to have discovered that getting the best of Trump involves engaging in the same type of "bare knuckle" political mud wrestling which the President mastered long ago.
This may well be the "new politics" strategy in this day and age which becomes normal practice for elected officials of both parties.
We can all run into instances where we too are demeaned, belittled, called a name, or, in sum, become a victim of trash talk.
It is important to develop a system to respond to this type of verbal attack effectively and consistently, warding off and even overpowering the aggressor.