The Republicans in charge of the #TrumpShutdown keep trying to make it about the Democrats, including following the pr*sident’s lead in blasting them over “holding our Military hostage”:
Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. CanÃ¢ÂÂt let that happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
The two lies in that tweet get called bullshit, but they are actually something worse than that lenient description: They are pure disiniformation, intentionally meant to mislead.
What’s actually happening regarding the military?
Republicans: Ã¢ÂÂA government shutdown would hurt the veterans and their families.Ã¢ÂÂ
Democrats: Ã¢ÂÂOkay, letÃ¢ÂÂs make sure theyÃ¢ÂÂre protected.Ã¢ÂÂ
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 20, 2018
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) January 20, 2018
In response Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have introduced legislation to withhold the pay of members of Congress for as long as the #TrumpShutdown lasts.
“It is wrong that Members of Congress would still get pay in the event of a shutdown while paychecks for members of our military could be disrupted,” Stabenow said. “This bill ensures that Members of Congress will not get paid, and another bill I have cosponsored makes sure our troops will. Even if these bills do not pass, I will donate my salary for every single day that a shutdown occurs.”