The federal government shutdown Friday at midnight after the Senate failed to pass a short-term funding bill.
Beforehand, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sat down with Bone Spurs offering what he characterized as a generous concession from Democrats by granting Trump’s request for southern border wall funding in exchange for a stop-gap funding bill so productive talks could continue thereafter. Schumer left the meeting confident Trump was on board, only to learn hard-right forces—Chief of Staff John Kelly kept adding new demands, and creepy WH aide Stephen Miller was likely whispering anti-immigration rhetoric in Trump’s dandruffy ear—keep derailing the deal.
“When you sit with the President…you can see that he really wants to do it,” Schumer said at a press conference. “But then a few hours later because of the right wing pressure, he backs off.
“Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with [orange] jello, it is next to impossible. As soon as you take one step forward, the hard-right forces the president three steps back.”
Schumer displayed a placard at the presser with a large image of the jello man alongside #Trumpshutdown.
Naturally in a Saturday tweet, the Blamiac said Democrats decided to “play shutdown politics.”
“Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than [trying] to deflect blame?” Duckworth said. “Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?”
“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible,” the Illinois Senator continued. “Sadly, this is something that the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do—and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.
“And I have a message for cadet bone spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.”
Meanwhile this afternoon, Trump shared a photo of himself “working” at an empty desk, pretending to be on the phone, wearing a suit jacket over his golfing clothes.