If there is one thing the president is truly proud of, it’s his electoral victory and the attendance at his inauguration, which was the “largest audience to witness an inauguration, period” (it wasn’t). He’s spent an entire year justifying every horrible and ignorant statement he made during the campaigns by saying he won the election, and reminds Americans as often as possible, even during his speech to Pennsylvania factory workers on Thursday, that he won the election…just in case we’ve forgotten.
Spotted: A map to be hung somewhere in the West Wing pic.twitter.com/TpPPDyNFtE
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) May 11, 2017
The president was all set to throw a big, fancy, 100,000 per couple dinner to mark the anniversary of his inauguration at his Florida golf resort (the pretentiously named “Winter White House”) Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. It was Trump’s chance to preen and strut and brag and celebrate the most contentious, divisive year in American politics to date with him in the spotlight.
‘The event, which the president had been scheduled to headline, was a hot ticket in Trump-world. Ticket prices started at $100,000 a pair, according to an invitation obtained by Bloomberg, with that sum paying for dinner and a photo op with President Trump. High-rollers forking over $250,000 get to participate in a roundtable.’
A pesky government shutdown by those awful people in Congress who simply will not do as he commands ruined all of his plans, and Trump is not happy about that at all.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2018
The Daily Beast reports that White House insiders say Trump has been more concerned that the government shutdown would mean cancelling his inauguration anniversary party than anything else, a party he was very much looking forward to throwing. As late as Friday evening, Trump complained bitterly that the shutdown was ruining his party plans.
‘On the eve of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump privately vented frustrations that the political impasse could possibly keep him from attending a glitzy inauguration anniversary bash and fundraiser set for Saturday at his Florida getaway Mar-a-Lago.
‘Two sources close to the president, one a White House official and the other a longtime confidant, told The Daily Beast how excited he was for the event and relayed his growing concern that the potential failure to strike a deal to keep the federal government open could keep him from “my party,” as the president has said.
Trump has ranted and blamed Democrats for the shutdown that he created when he refused to sign the bipartisan deal presented to him because it didn’t block black and brown immigrants from Haiti and Africa and bring in more white immigrants from Norway, but the truth looks quite different. On Friday night during the final push to approve a budget, the vote count was 50-49, with 60 votes needed to pass.
However, even if the GOP had 60 votes in the Senate, the resolution would not have passed considering the Republican lawmakers who voted it down. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, quite surprisingly, voted against it, as did Lindsay Graham. Jeff Flake did, as well, although that isn’t surprising, and neither was Rand Paul’s no vote since he refuses to vote on any bill with the word “tax” or “budget” in it.
A fourth GOP dissension was Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). It wasn’t just the Democrats (five voted “yes” on the budget resolution, and five Republicans voted “no.”).
Poor Trumpy will have to stay home and whine about missing his party over the weekend. There isn’t much to celebrate on the one-year anniversary of such an obvious failure of leadership anyway.
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