This morning, President Trump publicly began to blame Senate Democrats for the looming government shutdown, even though the entire debacle could be avoided if Trump would merely sign the bill that both parties agreed to and fund the government.
But Trump has promised to not sign the bill until Congress gives him the $5 billion that he wants to build his border wall. Last night, the Republican-controlled House quickly passed a spending bill that gave Trump $5.7 billion — but it’s dead on arrival in the Senate, where it needs 60 votes to pass and the Republicans only have 51.
Growing nervous over the optics of shutting down his own government while controlling all three branches of government, Trump took to Twitter to make it clear who he thinks should take the heat for the humiliating debacle:
The Democrats now own the shutdown!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
But not even his cheerleaders at FOX News were going to let him get away with this incredible abuse of the truth.
During this afternoon’s broadcast, FOX correspondent John Roberts announced that “at the moment it looks like we are lurching toward a shutdown at midnight tonight. And the president kind of flipping a 180 here and trying to blame the Democrats for the shutdown should that happen.”
FOX then played the clip of Trump himself promising to take the blame for the shutdown during his “negotiations” with Democratic leaders last week.
Trump's words: “I am proud to shut down the government.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) December 21, 2018
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down. And I’m going to shut it down for border security.”
“‘I’m not going to blame you for it’ only now he’s blaming Democrats for it” finished Roberts, fighting back a grin at the absurdity of it all.
For Trump’s own personal propaganda network to be throwing his words back in his face like this is a clear sign that the Republican establishment is getting fed up with his impulsive decisions and constant self-inflicted wounds.
The president is NOT going to be happy when he gets to his TiVo tomorrow morning.
Watch it here: