Before the country can even recover from the last government shutdown – the longest shutdown in U.S. history – Donald Trump is already threatening another, and for the same $5.7 billion in funding for his racist vanity wall.
His utter disregard for American workers is obvious, which is exactly why Democrats refused to cave during the first shutdown: let Trump get his way once, he’ll be calling for shutdowns every time he wants something passed since he can’t seem to get Congress to pass anything.
During an interview with Face the Nation on Sunday morning, Trump said that shutting down the government once again when the temporary funding bill ends on February 15 is still “on the table.” He’s also threatened to declare a national emergency because the “crisis at the border” is so bad, he’s had time to golf and tweet while hoping the Democrats will do his bidding in time to avoid another shutdown. After all, the last drove his approval ratings down drastically.
Speaker Pelosi does not sound conflicted in her answer to Trump. She’s told him repeatedly that she will not be approving any $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall, and even if she were willing to negotiate, House Democrats would never vote for it. Unlike Trump, Pelosi understands that she cannot just make people agree or give her what she wants. Also unlike Trump, Pelosi cares as much about her party as she does her own image, and she knows how to be a team player.
Twitter was quick to respond to Pelosi’s tweet of warning. Read some of their comments below: