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From ThinkProgress, because the Internet never forgets.

In a 2013 interview with Fox & Friends, Trump said the president should be fired if there’s to be a government shutdown, as the responsibility for such a failure “always has to be the top.” In Sept. 2013, for the first time in nearly two decades, a shutdown happened, and it was because the GOP-controlled House wanted to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

There’s really not much difference in terms of pure petulant whining between the 2013 Republican Congress forcing a government shutdown over providing Americans with healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, and Trump forcing a shutdown over his inability to create a giant, imaginary “wall.”

Fox reporter: Who’s getting fired? Who’s going to bear the brunt of the responsibility if indeed there is a shutdown of our government?

Trump: Well if you say ‘who gets fired’, it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top. And the president’s the leader and he has to get everyone in a room and lead  and he doesn’t do that. He doesn’t like doing that — that is not his strength. And that’s why you have this horrible situation going on in Washington too. It’s a very, very bad thing and it’s also embarrassing worldwide.

Video and audio here:

There is one difference, though. Even the 2013 Republican Congress wasn’t crass and stupid enough to do it over the Christmas holiday.

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  1. Is there anyone with the guts to replay this video to his face and demand an explanation of himself. He was so assured of himself talking trash about Obama and others and now he’s doing and saying the same things he criticized before. Show him all the old things he’s said on video about other people and shut him up !!! Just sayin …

  2. Make sure everyone tweets that video to the Orange Gropenfuhrer. That will ensure he sees it.

    It’s obvious he’s unable to use computers and the internet, but he should at least remember it exists when opening that burger shovel he calls a mouth.


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