On the Senate floor, Democratic Senate Leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made it clear to Trump that he is never getting his wall.
Abandon the shutdown strategy. You’re not getting the wall today, next week or on January 3rd when the Democrats take control of the House. Just two days ago the Senate came together to support a proposal by leader Mcconnell unanimously, every Democrat and Republican to extend government funding through February without partisan demands. What it would accomplish is that the government would not shut down, the fights that we are having would be postponed to a later day and millions of Americans would not be hurt this crisis on Christmas week. So let me repeat that. The Senate, every Democrat and every Republican has already unanimously supported a clean extension of government funding. Democrats supported the measure, because we do not want to see the government shutdown.
Chuck Schumer to Trump, "Abandon the shutdown strategy. You not getting the wall today, next week or on January 3rd when the Democrats take control of the House." pic.twitter.com/p1CzdwRDtV
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 21, 2018
We have no demands other than that. And we had every indication that the president would sign the legislation as did our friends, the Republicans on the other side of the aisle in the Senate, and yesterday, president trump hounded by the radical voices of the hard right threw another temper tantrum, and here Weare again once again on the brink of what if president said that he wanted a trump shutdown. The president will try to do his be best to blame the Democrats, but it is flatly absurd. President Trump called for a shutdown no less than 25 times. In our meeting in the Oval Office, President Trump said, quote, if if we don’t get what we want, I, president trump, will shut down the government. I am proud to shut it down, said President Trump.
I am not going to the blame you, meaning the Democrats, and I will take the mantle of shutting it down. And those are President Trump’s words and nothing that he does or says today can undo that. No Democrat has called for shutting the government down, and we are all working to avoid the president seems to the relish it. He seems to feel that it is going the throw a bone to the base. The problem is that his base is less than one quarter of America. Mr. President, President Trump, you cannot erase months of video of you saying that you wanted a shutdown and that you wanted the responsibility and blame for a shutdown. President Trump, you own the shutdown. You said so in your own words.
The Wall Isn’t Happening
Trump needs to give it up. The wall isn’t happening. Democrats don’t want it. Republicans don’t want it, and he is not going to win reelection in 2020 by pandering to cable news and Rush Limbaugh. Trump has trapped himself with the wall promise, and Democrats are never going to lift a finger to help him keep it.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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