Trump Loved Shutting Down the Government… Until Now


When House Republicans sought to shut down the government in the as a way to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Trump was a cheerleader for the effort.  Trump tweeted that the Republican leadership should not be afraid of a government shutdown. They should be afraid of not defunding ObamaCare.   Trump argued in 2013 that a shutdown was not a big deal because “all essential services continue,” linking to an Associated Press explainer on how shutdowns work, and claiming that it showed the federal government could get by with fewer employees.

Now that a government shutdown has occurred during the Trump presidency, he is blaming the Democrats, even though Republicans control the House, the Senate, and he is the President.  Trump has made building the wall more important than his efforts to end DACA.  Large majorities of the public don’t believe building a wall is the solution to the country’s immigration problems — and most never believed President Donald Trump’s much-promised wall would get built in the first place. Six in 10 people in a recent CBS News pollopposed building the wall; 85% said that the US — and not Mexico as Trump has promised — would ultimately pay for it.

Perhaps that is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have gone WAY out in the past to assure everyone that the government won’t happen.
“I don’t think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don’t think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included,” Ryan said.
Yet, Trump predicted the shut down.  “Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump promised a cheering Arizona crowd during a wild campaign rally.

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Government shutdowns, historically speaking, are almost always a very bad thing for the side that gets the blame.  The shutdowns of late 1995 and early 1996 — which then-Speaker Newt Gingrich forced under the belief it would hurt President Bill Clinton mortally in advance of his re-election bid — turned into an unmitigated disaster for the GOP. The shutdown was the beginning of Clinton’s political comeback, and he coasted to victory in November 1996. Two years later, Gingrich and Republicans suffered major losses in the House — and Gingrich quit.
The 2013 government shutdown — which lasted 16 days and was triggered by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s demands over defunding Obamacare — looked to, again, be a huge problem for congressional Republicans. Their poll numbers dipped badly during the closures and the shutdown’s immediate aftermath.
But the mishaps of healthcare.gov — a slow-motion collapse that began in October and continued well into 2014 — turned into a godsend for Republicans. It reminded their voters of who was still in charge in Washington (President Barack Obama, a Democrat) and made the country, largely, forget about how Republican majorities in the House and Senate were responsible for the shutdown.
There’s one crucial difference between 2013 and today, however: Republicans control the executive andlegislative branches of government. There is no Obama or Obamacare to scapegoat. There is no botched rollout of a website to villainize. Just Trump, Ryan and McConnell. And no repeal and replace of Obamacare (or much else, legislatively speaking).

Trump-McConnell feud simmers as GOP watches in horror

 Today the shutdown continues with no sign of an end any time soon!

5 thoughts on “Trump Loved Shutting Down the Government… Until Now

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  1. Malia –

    Regarding the “big, beautiful wall” – I think for Trump he sees it as a monument to himself. Yes – he started it with his ugly racist talk during his campaign – but I think it is more than just keeping out people he does not want here – and his talk about stopping the drug trade is ridiculous. A wall would not do that. He has become obsessed with the idea of a Trump wall. He is sick.

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  2. Let’s help evolution along the way: mandatory uterus removal for all evangelicals.
    That includes you too, Paul Ryan. With your nasty Wisconsin uterus.

    GOP = group of propaganda

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  3. I’ve noticed that Mr. “Only I can solve all of America’s problems” is MIA. His supporters all describe him as a “strong leader.” This proves they’re wrong about him. He usually loves being in the public eye but appears to be hiding out in the WH since The shutdown began. We haven’t heard one word from him about the shutdown, what his Plan B is, or anything. The coward. He thought being POTUS was easy and never missed an opportunity to criticize everything PBO said/did. He deserves everything that’s happening to him. As has been said quite often, “Payback is a b*t**h.”

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  4. OK, here I go again. How many workers are able to constantly miss the deadline on their most important project. This budget was due on September 30, 2017. It is due every September 30. The GOP runs the House, Senate, and White House and they will go into their fifth month without a final budget.

    When will the people do something about this insanity. The simplest solution is to stop paying them, if there is no budget on the due date. In any other part of the government or the corporate world, this type of incompetence would result in disciplinary action or termination. They are not doing their jobs. They are more worried about lobbyists and fringe voters than running the country.

    (disclaimer: I am a retired DoD financial systems manager who had to deal with the highest level employees constantly missing deadlines, holding up Federal finances over gay marriage or rare toads where some legislator wants a strip mall.)

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  5. The mob blob is a lousy actor and liar. Impeach him or force resignation now. Democratic leaders must not allow one red cent to that stupid border wall. And also they must stop all tax exemption of religious organization today. End school vouchers and trump tower birth for citizenship scams. Americans demand that the trumps be prosecuted for selling citizenship to china and Russia. This is what the Democratic leaders must demand TODAY if they want the support they need. End the nonsense and get something done.

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