It’s becoming more and more clear that there’s nothing Donald Trump won’t do to get his border wall. That includes sacrificing the Republican Congress in the midterm elections, because that’s exactly what will happen if he carries through on his latest threat: to shut down the government October 1 if he doesn’t have it.
In a meeting with Republican senators and staff Monday afternoon, Trump “fumed” about the fact that he’s only getting an incremental $1.6 billion this fall for his wall and is demanding he get a lump, sources in the meeting told Politico. He “did not give a specific number, but has been fixated on getting the $25 billion in a lump sum,” one source said.
If he doesn’t get it, he told senators, he’ll shut down the government this fall. The exchange was hinted at in this quote from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who said “He’s focused on border security. And like all presidents, he wants it done now. But we’re part of the legislative process, it’s slower and deliberate.”
Trump is not like all presidents, which Shelby very well knows. “It’s probably an overwhelming belief in the House and the Senate, especially the Senate,” he warbled, “that government shutdowns aren’t good for anybody.” No, they are not. And he’ll do it.
He’s willing to rip thousands of families apart, steal children from their parents and make absolutely no provisions for reuniting them. He. Will. Do. Anything. And every Republican in Congress is aiding and abetting him.
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