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Trump Threatens To Shutdown The Government For Years If He Doesn’t Get His Wall

Negotiations between Trump and the Democratic leadership failed today, meaning that the government will remain shut down over the weekend. In some post-meeting comments, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Trump declared he would keep the government closed for an alarming amount of time.

“We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he would keep it closed for a very long period of time, months or even years,” Schumer said. Trump later confirmed this in his weird Rose Garden press conference.

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history lasted for 21 days. It’s probably safe to say that a government shutdown lasting multiple years would destroy the country entirely. Is this the art of the deal we’ve heard so much about?

If you take a look at Donald’s Twitter account, it seems more like a bit of false bravado to cover up the stench of desperation. He’s been tweeting a whole lot about the shutdown and straight up asking for a deal to be made.

Nancy Pelosi, however, is putting her foot down on the wall “thing.”

“We’re not doing a wall,” she said to reporters. “Does anybody have any doubt about that? We’re not doing a wall.”

If Trump really won’t budge on his wall, metaphorical or not, there are ways around him. Democrats have already passed bills to reopen key sections of the federal government, including Homeland Security. Both the House and the still-Republican-controlled Senate want to reopen the government, but Mitch and Donald can’t just let go of their metaphorical manhood, can they?

Or maybe this was all a distraction from the thing where Trump gave his buddies $10,000 pay raises. It’s hard to say.

What we do know for sure is that nobody is happy right now, especially not the 800,000 federal workers not getting paid, even though some of them are still expected to work.

Is this still the “Schumer Shutdown” or?