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.
Pres. Trump confirms he told Sen. Chuck Schumer during their meeting over the shutdown that it could extend for "months or even years."— ABC News (@ABC) January 4, 2019
"I did, I did. I did say that, absolutely I said that. I don't think it will, but I am prepared." https://t.co/37yzbgmzMc pic.twitter.com/yo8CFxd1nb
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.
Border Security and the Wall “thing” and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
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.
I'm sure the 800,000 workers who have rent and mortgages due will just patiently wait. As will the banks and landlords.— Resolve.Action.Love (@Snowman55403) January 4, 2019
Call. His. Bluff. Both houses pass legislation and let him veto it. Then he owns it completely.— Michelle B (@michf11) January 4, 2019
That's hilarious. How long does he think federal employees are willing to show up and work for no pay? People are approaching their first pay period with no paycheck, and it's about to get real--and fast.— Tina Caputo (@winebroad) January 4, 2019
Trump’s threat to keep the gov’t shut down for “months or even years” is in violation of the 13th amendment. Does he expect TSA workers or anyone else to keep toiling on without pay? There should be a general strike until this bullshit stops.— Barbara Ehrenreich (@B_Ehrenreich) January 4, 2019
This is the equivalent of, "If I don't get my way, I'm holding my breath until I turn blue!" Even four-year-olds are like, "Dude, grow up."— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) January 4, 2019
Know who can end this impasse? @senatemajldr.— Anne T. (@at_lv61) January 4, 2019
Mitch McConnell can hold the vote on the spending bill agreed upon w/ the Dems, ensure a senate majority vote that Trump won't get a choice but to sign it.
DO YOUR JOB or RETIRE Mitch! #EndGovtShutdownMitch
Well, it won't be longer than 2 years..— TONY WILLIAMS (@kudzowt) January 4, 2019
Tapping the last nails into his party's coffin for 2020— Cleveland (@KiddZee33) January 4, 2019
Too bad the shutdown doesn't include Trump's Twitter account. That might be the right motivation needed.— ⌐▨_▨ (@jakecorzine) January 4, 2019
The #TrumpShutdown is not a game for the nearly 1 million furloughed workers across the U.S. who are working without pay - but Trump is treating it like one by saying he'll continue this temper tantrum for months or even years. https://t.co/CdkBpecHaA— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) January 4, 2019
Trump has confirmed that he told Chuck Schumer the shutdown could go on for "months or even years."— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) January 4, 2019
Every Democrat running for President should use this statement in their ads. He doesn't care about the federal workers.
Is this still the “Schumer Shutdown” or?