A battle never meant to be won; Trump’s promises for a border wall have all fallen flat. From the 2016 campaign trail to the drama that has unfolded in the Senate for over the past month, yesterday Trump admitted defeat and declared an end to the shut down of the government. The end, however, is only temporary and the threat for a re-shutdown remains for mid-February, when the temporary spending bill runs dry.
First, Trump riled-up his base by stating that he was going to build a big, beautiful wall “and that’d he have Mexico pay” for it. Doomed to fail from the beginning, once he realized that that will never happen, the narrative from the past month-and-a-few-days somehow changed to “and now you’re going to pay for it.” Let’s not forget the lie about the brand ‘new’ NAFTA, which is now called USMCA (the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and how Mexico is paying for the wall via that agreement, which is also false.
Failure at every corner, Trump declared he would gladly shut down the government. And he did. And even that back-fired. Unless, in an alternative reality, the longest government shut down in U.S. history is somehow an achievement.
An advisor to Trump on his statements from the Rose Garden regarding the temporary end of the government shut down:
‘A humiliating loss for a man that rarely loses.
‘I miss winning.’
With Trump’s “win” to reopen the government, Democrats and Republicans have until mid-February to figure out what they’re going to do about government funding, going forward, and Trump’s border wall.
Per CNN Trump is willing to accept less than the $5.7 billion he previously had requested. Some are viewing Trump’s softening as a new potential understanding of the Power of Pelosi. Both Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi made comments after Trump announced the (temporary) end of the government shut down and they were sharp and scathing:
CNN, on the current state of Trump’s new reality added:
‘Acknowledging a new political reality with Pelosi in charge, one adviser said the only way forward for Trump is “compromise,” with little room for the no-holds-barred approach favored by advisers like Stephen Miller, the immigration hardliner.
“Today is not a cave but a grave for Stephen Miller policies,” the adviser said, acknowledging it’s not clear at all that Trump is ready to make that kind of course correction.’
Some saw Trump’s announcement as a distraction from the Mueller investigation which unveiled seven incredible charges against one of Trump’s long-time buddies, Roger Stone.
No matter the amount of Trump’s cabinet members who joined him in the Rose Garden to applaud his devasting failure, the point is that Trump lost. He lost a battle that put some 800,000+ federal worker’s lives in limbo and in jeopardy. He lost support amongst his base. He fueled and fanned the flames of the Democrats who, thanks to Trump’s government games, have risen in popularity. And, most importantly: More Americans than not, and by a large margin, blame Trump for the shutdown and all of it’s ensuing issues.
Shortly after the Rose Garden announcement, Trump took to Twitter to literally slap Americans in the face and rub salt in our wounds. He said:
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
It’s too late to act as if he cares now, the damage has been done. If there were a vote today, he’d certainly be voted out of office in a landslide.
At least he can golf again.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.