President Donald Trump relentlessly pushes for his long sought wall between the United States and Mexico. He’s gone so far off in the deep end over the agenda that he’s intertwined the proposal with himself to the point of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) quipping he associates the wall with his “manhood.”
After a spirited Tuesday argument involving her, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the president in full view of the press at the White House, she told a private meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee:
‘It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing.’
During the meeting that fallout was over, Trump pridefully touted a willingness to have the government shut down if he couldn’t get the funding from Congress he wanted for the wall — which, although it’s been noted before, remains ironic since he originally adamantly promised (against all odds) that Mexico would pay for it.
He also claimed that successful construction has already begun on the wall — despite the fact that it hasn’t. The claims echoed comments he offered Tuesday morning on Twitter before his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, when he asserted:
‘People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built. If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!’
That’s just not true — and does he really think that he can just have the military build his border wall because… he says so? Does he know he’s leading the United States of America and not some long lost dictatorship?
He just rattles off whatever he feels like, having claimed just before the above quote that Democrats “want Open Borders for anyone to come in” which ” brings large scale crime and disease,” which is again simply not true.
Besides, how can the southern border be getting more secure and the supposed border crisis be sharpening?
Also it’s worth noting again here — as Pelosi did to the president’s face on camera — that if this whole plan was so set then Trump wouldn’t even need any votes, at least in the House. Republicans remain the majority across Congress, although to secure government funding, Republicans do need to hit a 60 vote threshold in the Senate that they can’t alone.
Still, they don’t at present need Democrats to pass a spending bill in the House that secures all the funding the president wants for the wall.
A partial government shutdown is set for December 21, and if negotiations can’t move past the president’s insistence on funding for his quixotic wall, the third shutdown of the Trump presidency will proceed.
Ahead of this face-off, we’ve got two more years of only more intensified fights since Democrats will take control of the House in January. Meanwhile in the Senate, the Democratic caucus will sit at 47 members with the GOP holding 53 seats — and the 2020 presidential election when the balance of power across government could shift more dramatically only getting closer.
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