trump Shutdown — The president is trying to unring the bell

trump shutdown

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Vice President Mike Pence, President donald trump, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argue about the trump shutdown during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In a recent White House meeting, the president clearly, unambiguously, defiantly, owned the trump shutdown. But today, the president of the United States it trying to unring the bell.

The president is desperate. He is desperate to satisfy his base with his promise to build a wall. Of course, he also promised (over and over again) that Mexico would pay for the wall. But that was never going to happen. And when that reality became clear, even to the president, he began calling for tax dollars to build the wall. However, building a “great big, beautiful, physical, concrete wall” across our entire southern border makes no sense whatsoever. When it became likely–very likely–that the president would not have the votes to fund his wall, his lizard brain did what it always does when things don’t go his way… talk tough, bully, and make threats.

The trump Shutdown

This is not the first time for trump to preside over a government shutdown. But it is the first time he stridently takes full responsibility for it. In a recent meeting with Democratic Leadership (and a semi-conscious Mike Pence), the president, as he is wont to do, blurted bluster for the cameras without consideration of the actual impact of his words:

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it…. I will take the mantle of shutting down.”

— President trump, December 11, 2018

Now, today, just hours ahead of the trump shutdown actually occurring, the president is trying to shift the responsibility for the trump shutdown to the Democrats. This morning, he took to his favorite communication medium, Twitter…

But, it’s not going to work. This is the trump shutdown. He owns it. His temper tantrum will hurt many Americans during this holiday season. It will cost us all millions of dollars in lost productivity. But most of all, it demonstrates, yet again, that our president is not a competent deal maker, is unfit to lead, and unqualified for the office he holds.

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