Tomorrow the television networks have cautiously agreed to air Donald Trump’s speech to the American people. It’s sure to be a lie-filled extravaganza that will do nothing but further divide this country. Now the Democrats in congress have asked the networks for an equal amount of airtime so they can counter Trump’s lies to the American people. A joint statement released tonight by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said
‘Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.’
The major networks were initially hesitant to air Trump’s Oval Office speech, but have confirmed they will go through with it tomorrow night. CBS released a statement saying that they’ve been informed by the White House that the speech will last no longer than eight minutes. It’s expected that Trump will use the time to try and get folks on his side over the border wall controversy.
It remains to be seen whether or not the networks will give the Democrats what they’re requesting. But it’s the only fair way to do things. Trump will blatantly lie to the people and we deserve the chance to hear the truth in the Democrats rebuttal. A lot of people only get their news from network news sources so it’s important for the networks to give both sides the chance to say their peace.
The Trump shutdown really seems to have Donald rattled of late because people are starting to put pressure on him to reopen the government. Since he’s publicly stated that he owns the shutdown he must be starting to feel like he’s backed into a corner after his disastrous decision. Talks over the weekend between Mike Pence and congressional leaders to reopen the government went nowhere.
Afterwards Schumer and Pelosi slammed Trump saying that only he had the power to stop hurting the people of this country by ending the Trump-shutdown. The also said
‘Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President’s expensive and ineffective wall.’
House Democrats have already passed legislation that would have reopened the government, but sadly Trump likes hurting the American people, so he and McConnell and refused to let the bill go anywhere. Pelosi had this to say
‘On day one of the new Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation that honors our responsibility to protect the American people with funding for smart, effective border security solutions — just not the President’s wasteful and ineffective wall.’
It’s too bad that we have such an ineffective president who has no idea how to negotiate his way out a wet paper bag. If he was as good as he says he is, then we’d have a fully functioning, opened for business government right this very minute. Trump’s decision to callously close up shop has hurt hundreds of thousands of people so far and many more will be harmed the longer he keeps the government shuttered.
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