Instead of crowing, bragging, and strutting around in celebration of the one-year anniversary of his poorly attended inauguration, Donald Trump is pouting on Twitter and blaming Democrats for a budget resolution that not even Republicans could unanimously agree to pass. Thanks to Trump’s refusal to sign the bipartisan deal that had already been agreed upon, Congress went back to negotiations and, failing to reach one, ended those negotiations with a government shutdown.
Of course, there was a time that Trump insisted that only the president is to blame during a government shutdown. In 2013, when the GOP caused a government shutdown, Trump told Fox & Friends that Americans should blame only the president for the failure of Congress to reach an agreement and continue to fund the government. Apparently, actually being president has changed his mind on many subjects.
Since there really is a Trump tweet or two for every occasion these days, it’s also worth noting what the current president had to say on his favorite social media platform when the former president was in office and the GOP shut the government down.
Trump’s tendency to shift blame does not work in this instance any better than it works at any other time. If the GOP had exactly 60 votes in the Senate at this time, the budget resolution the came up for a vote on Friday would still not have passed since there were GOP lawmakers in the Senate who also voted it down. The blame here, solely and fully, lies with a president who could have accepted the bipartisan deal that had already been agreed upon instead of deciding that it just wasn’t racist enough since it didn’t keep black Africans and Haitians from “sh*thole” countries out and bring more white Norwegians in.
Trump may have forgotten all of what’s happened in the past that got us to this point, but America has not.
Twitter weighed in on the president’s whiny blame game, see some of their best reactions below:
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