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On a conference call with hundreds of state, local, and community leaders Tuesday, the Russian asset in the Oval Office said he’ll never back down on his government shutdown. “We’re not going back until it’s over. We’re going to build this wall. It’s going to happen,” he said. “We’re going to stay out for a long time if we have to. We’ll be out for a long time.” Four times during the call Trump said he wasn’t going to back down, he was going to get his wall.

Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took an absolutist stance when asked he if would break from Trump and allow a vote to override a veto to reopen the government on the floor. “Of course not,” he said.

Of course not. Meanwhile, he’s also standing by while the Trump administration overreaches its authority to reopen the parts of government that are getting the most public, media, and lobbyist attention and backlash. Like making sure the mortgage banking industry is happy.

That means recalling thousands of federal aviation inspectors to work, even though they’re not going to get paid, even though under federal guidelines they are not classified as essential.

It means the IRS is recalling 60 percent of its workforce—some 46,000 workers—to process refunds. Without pay. Meaning all these people that have been told to find temporary jobs won’t even be able to do that because they’ll be working full-time in their regular jobs. Without getting paid. The administration is getting sued for this, by the National Treasury Employees’ union for illegally forcing people to work without pay.

It’s all par for the course for Trump. Not paying workers is what he’s known for. And McConnell isn’t going to do a thing about it. Not unless we make him.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. When did America become a dictatorship by all standards it certainly not a democracy,when one lair and crook Trump ,can hold the elected government to ransom for as long has he likes , for the good of country get him out of his post .
    The founding fathers must turning in their graves..
    The country needs to act to stop this chaos,as see from across the pond

  2. For God sake– get this moron in the oval office out office, Impeach insane Trump. We don’t need a dictator in this country. Also get Mitch McConnel out of office he is just as bad as Trump.

  3. McConnel you are a sick pathetic old f***er and YOU are not doing your job….tell me WHY should Anyone pay any taxes, or comply with any bullshit in this country as you and trumpet are the SOLE reason government is shut down…. if the two of you believe you can get away with this, you are in for a huge surprise and that day is probably approaching and the American people are NOT going to tolerate this much longer…

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