Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) appeared on MSNBC this morning to drop truth bombs on the president— the equivalent of kryptonite for Trump in his bizarro world — after his petulant temper tantrum over Democrats’ refusal to allow U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay for a border wall that he swore Mexico would fund closed a large swath of the federal government.
Speaking with Alex Witt on MSNBC Live, Representative Lieu properly placed the blame for the disruptive Christmas closure of federal operations where it belongs as a timer on the screen counted the hours, minutes, and seconds since the shutdown began.
“Let me remind American people what Donald Trump said last week, ‘I am proud to shut down the government.’ We are now in day one of the Trump shutdown,” Leiu said.
“It is a failure of the Republican leadership. They control the House, the Senate, and the White House,” he reminded.
Luckily voters overwhelmingly expressed their opinions on the competence of Republicans to govern by resoundingly defeating GOP candidates in the midterms to give Democrats control of at least one chamber of Congress beginning in January.
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Congressman Lieu was adamant that Democrats would not cave into Trump’s hissy fit and would continue to oppose funding for what even incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has called an ineffective and simplistic response to a complex problem that requires sophisticated policy discussions and solutions.
“…Democrats are certainly happy to talk about border security, but we are not going to build this stupid vanity wall of Donald Trump’s with U.S. taxpayer dollars,” he vowed.
“Donald Trump’s number one campaign promise was not the wall, it was that Mexico would fund the wall,” Lieu reminded viewers. “The only way he is going to get his wall is if Mexico funds it. U.S. taxpayers are not going the fund this wall,” he concluded.
You can watch Congressman Ted Lieu discuss the government shutdown and border security on MSNBC Live in the video clip below.
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Original reporting by Bob Brigham at RawStory.