Donald Trump has not had an easy time getting legislation passed in his first year in office. He couldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare “on day one,” or day 100, or any day, and every horrifying piece of replacement legislation meant to leave so many without life-saving healthcare was voted down immediately. He did get his disastrous tax bill passed despite the multitude of experts warning of its dire consequences, but he’s been stuck on a spending bill to fund his unnecessary border wall ever since. Of course, that’s not Trump’s fault. It’s those evil Democrats, who do not have a majority in either the House or the Senate, holding everything up.
What the Democrats want, despite the president’s characterization of their fight as being for “illegal immigration and weak borders,” is for Dreamers brought to the United States as children to be protected instead of sent back to countries where they have no home, no memories, and often no ties at all. They want tax dollars to fund children’s health insurance through the CHIP program instead of funding a border wall that even the president’s chief of staff admits is outside the “realm of the possible.”
While Trump continues to try to push the blame, he simply cannot just admit that a bipartisan deal had already been reached, with both sides conceding points but coming to an agreement that all could live with. Instead of allowing Congress to move forward and do its job, the president threw a fit about people coming in from “sh*thole” countries (i.e. Haiti and African countries and places where a majority of black and brown people live) instead of places like Norway (a country made up of 94 percent white people) and the bipartisan agreement ended there.
As the country waits to see if the government will continue to operate with a Congress so divided by the worst president any living American has ever seen at the helm, Trump planned to be flying off to Mar-a-Lago for some golf and relaxation ahead of the vote. That’s how very important this bill is to him.
Twitter responded to Trump’s ridiculous little rant. See some of their best comments below:
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