Two years into the Trump presidency, it is truly remarkable how true the statement “there’s a Trump tweet for everything” has turned out to be. On nearly every possible issue, from the president commenting on NFL teams to the hiring and firing of Chiefs of Staffs to hurricanes, there is a tweet or other statement from Trump that directly contradicts or criticizes the actions he himself has taken as president.
The current government shutdown is no different. It turns out there is quite a substantial library of Trump statements about shutdowns, and it will come as no surprise to learn that he was unfairly critical of President Obama when Republicans shut down the government in 2013 over the “debt ceiling” crisis that they themselves manufactured.
CNN’s Don Lemon decided to throw the president’s own words back in his face by broadcasting a video of Trump demanding that Obama be fired for the 2013 government shutdown for the entire nation to see.
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When Trump was asked on the phone by FOX & Friends about who should bear responsibility for the 2013 shutdown, he said Obama should lose his job over it:
“Well, if you say who gets fired, it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top, and they have to get solved from the top. And the president’s the leader. And he’s got to get everybody in a room. And he’s got to lead.”
Lemon then deadpanned to the camera and, barely concealing a smirk, simply repeated “Starts at the top. If anyone should get fired, it’s the president. Hmmmmm.”
Then, allowing his disgust to rise to the surface, he ends the segment with an emphatic “priceless.”
President Trump’s continued refusal to back down and re-fund the government unless the Democrats agree to pay for his border wall is on track to be the most expensive tantrum in American history, and it is literally all his fault.
As Trump himself said, the problem started at the top, and it has to get solved from the top — and he should probably get fired over it.