Today, marks the one-year anniversary of Republicans taking complete control of the government, and to celebrate the occasion, they shut the whole thing down. President Trump is not happy about it — but not for any reason you might think.
As Trump and the Republican majority in Congress chose to hold America’s 800,000 Dreamers hostage rather than fund the government, the president was privately grousing behind closed doors to confidantes, two of whom promptly relayed the conversations to Buzzfeed’s Lachlan Markay.
True, more than 100,000 federal workers are being involuntarily furloughed. True that the livelihoods of America’s Dreamers and nine million children who depend on the unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) are all in jeopardy. True that a government shutdown threatens key government programs that protect the environment, combat the opioid crisis, and provide disaster relief — all while demonstrating an utterly humiliating failure to govern by the party in charge of every branch of government.
But none of that seemed to bother our self-obsessed Commander-in-Chief.
Instead, Markay writes, “Trump privately vented frustrations that the political impasse could possibly keep him from attending a glitzy inauguration anniversary bash and fundraiser set for Saturday at his Florida getaway Mar-a-Lago.”
A White House aid and a long-time Trump friend confirmed that the president lamented the possibility of missing “my party” and joked that it would be a shame if the shutdown overshadowed his one-year anniversary in office.
We are well past the point of even slight surprise when Trump’s narcissistic priorities break new ground in sociopathic mania. We are left only to marvel at how they play out in each new, self-inflicted crisis.
And of course to fight back and ensure his reign is as minimal as his capacity for compassion.