Vile Trump Busted Bragging About Personal Benefits Of A Government Shutdown

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The GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a disastrous piece of legislation that harms the very middle class the Republicans claim to be helping and benefits most the wealthy, has been hotly contested in Congress since reports proved what Democrats had been saying was true: the bill is nothing less than terrible for the American people.

President Trump, with his characteristic lack of diplomacy or professionalism, has ranted on Twitter that Democrats simply “don’t understand” the bill and are out to get him.

Trump also criticized Democrats for threatening a government shutdown (they didn’t) and denying money to American soldiers unless undocumented immigrants are allowed to pour into the country unchecked (they didn’t do that, either).

Trump, of course, omitted the fact that the first to suggest a government shutdown over his inability to get terrible bills past Congress, not even among members of his own party, was Donald Trump himself earlier in May.

Privately, the president is reported to be repeating the calls for a government shutdown while publicly sticking to his rhetoric about “obstructionist Dems.” The Washington Post reports that:

‘President Trump has told others that a government shutdown could be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to Democrats this fall, according to people who have spoken with him recently.

‘Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats.’

With Trump growing increasingly more enraged by the day at his failure to command Congress do his bidding, he is willing to shut down the U.S. government to get his way, holding millions of Americans hostage until his demands are met. This is the president of the United States.

Trump threatened to shut down the government again in August over funding for his unnecessary border wall. Since he couldn’t actually keep his promise to make Mexico pay for it, he insists that the American public – a majority of whom did not vote for him – pay for it instead. The fact that it isn’t already being completed after nearly a full year in the White House seems to greatly irritate him and cause more tantrums.

The legislation that the GOP has attempted to pass under Trump are, without exception, inept and dangerous to the American people. The healthcare reform bill they tried to pass three separate times drastically cut spending to Medicaid and would have resulted in millions of Americans being thrown off their healthcare plans. Their new tax reform bill is no better, with its hidden attacks on the Affordable Care Act that would dismantle the legislation that brought 13 million more people health coverage.

Instead of attempting to shut down the government, how about attempting a compromise that will help Americans rather than punish the poor and pad the pockets of the rich?

Featured image via Getty/The Washington Post

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