It appears that no one has ever told Donald Trump ‘no.’ When incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told the president he could not have his medieval wall along the country’s southern border, he did not like it. Now, POTUS is having a gigantic temper tantrum, and the Republicans have caught it.
Apparently, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have an outsized influence on the base of the party and Donald Trump. The two media personalities said that the president was caving on his border wall. They have told the president that it was now or never, because Pelosi will be running the house beginning on January 3, 2019, and he will never get his wall then.
Schumer took the Senate floor and argued that if the commander-in-chief rejected the stopgap measure, which would keep the government open until the middle of February, that Trump would go down in history as the president who shut the government down over Christmas. Hundred of thousands of government workers would have no money.
The Senate thought that they had a clean vote to not close down the government, and many have already left for their Christmas holiday. All of a sudden, the man sitting in the Oval Office and watching Fox News decided he would not sign the bill to keep the government temporarily open. This happened after the Freedom Caucus had gone on Fox and ranted for the $5 billion plus disaster funding.
If Trump had really wanted to have money for his border, he could have had a bill last summer, that would have given him $25 billion for border security and DACA (dreamers). Several years ago, the Senate would have spent $40 billion.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned POTUS and the Freedom Caucus that the only way to stop a shutdown was via the seven-week stopgap bill. Then, Schumer said the Republicans were having a “temper tantrum” over the border wall:
‘With less than two days to go until the appropriations lapse, if we are to avoid a shutdown the House must pass this continuing resolution and President Trump must sign it. ‘
Schumer argued that if Trump rejects the stopgap measure, it would be “indisputable” that he and Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown over the Christmas holidays:
‘Vetoing the last train out of the station, a (continuing resolution), would be a doubling down on his responsibility for a Christmas shutdown and every single American would know it.’
The senator said “temper tantrum fever” among the Republicans would not get them their wall:
‘Trump’s allies in the House can pound their fists on the table all they want but it’s not going to get a wall. They can, having caught the Trump temper tantrum fever, jump up and down, yell and scream. It’s not going to get a wall.’
Schumer took on Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) for aligning with Trump:
‘Neither Mr. Meadows or Mr. Jordan have outlined any conceivable plan on how to achieve what they say they want to achieve. I would say to my less frenzied friends in the House, go ask Mr. Jordan and ask Mr. Meadows, what is your plan? What is your end game? What is your path to getting the wall?’
‘Let me just walk my friends in the House through it. Democrats are not budging on the wall. We favor smart, effective border security, not a medieval wall. A Trump shut down will not convince a single Democrat to support bilking the American taxpayer for an ineffective, unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive wall.
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