Republicans, including popular vote loser Donald Trump, are refusing to take the blame for the government shutdown, despite there not even being a question that it’s their fault. Somehow, they’re trying to frame it as a “Democrat shutdown” even though they control both the House and Senate…and the White House.
Fact is, Democrats tried to compromise with Trump, as Senator Chuck Schumer (D. NY) says that he agreed to discuss Trump’s border wall funding as part of the negotiations on the night the government shut down.
“During the meeting, in exchange for strong [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
On Saturday morning, Schumer said that he and Trump had a “lengthy and substantive discussion,” and Trump appeared to be on board with his plan during their meeting.
“In my heart, I thought we might have a deal. That was how far we had come. That’s how positive our discussion felt. We had a good meeting,” he said.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on his meeting with President Trump: “In exchange for strong DACA protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the President to finish the deal” https://t.co/huVlNm6rf4
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 20, 2018
But Trump walked away from it, proving that he and the Republicans in Congress wanted this shut down. They think they can convince Americans that it’s the Democrats’ fault and it will help their sinking ship of a political party in the midterm elections.
It won’t. We’re not that stupid. We know who’s causing this shut down.
The fact that Republicans hold all the power in Congress and still can’t get a deal done proves just how incredibly inept they truly are.