October 6, 2022

Trump just begged Dems to come back in a very telling government shutdown Twitter rant

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Sitting alone in a White House made emptier by his resentful government shutdown, President Trump took his frustrations over his inability to exercise authoritarian power and simply build his coveted border wall with an executive fiat by furiously and impotently tweeting delusionally deceptive entreaties to get his own way over the objections of the majority of the American people.


Trump had a note of desperation in his tone as he practically begged Democrats to return to the negotiating table soiled by his impudent temper tantrums while asking them to end the crisis of his own making.

The prospect of Trump waiting for them in the White House is hardly an attractive enticement for any intelligent human, much less the people he’s been trying to shovel the blame for his intransigence upon.

After waiting 14 minutes for the Democrats to capitulate to his demands, Trump upped the ante by trying to dazzle them with an array of crime statistics to justify his demands for his ineffective solution to border security. Unfortunately, as Axios pointed out in an article demolishing his misleading figures, the data he presents simply isn’t true.

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For the record, here are some real numbers.

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19.3% of federal inmates are citizens of other countries, not 23%, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and only 13% are known to be in the country illegally. While there were 292,000 criminal charges filed in Texas against illegal aliens in the time period Trump cites, less than half, 120,000, resulted in convictions. The New York Times notes that, while 80% of America’s bloated prison population are U.S. citizens, the disproportionate number of immigrants in prison (noted for committing fewer crimes that U.S.-born citizens) is largely due to the fact that half of all immigrant arrests and 29% of convictions were for nothing more than immigration status.

Trump inflates the other statistics in the same manner, treating charges as convictions to make the numbers look more than twice as large as they actually are. Reality, come back!

Another complete lie. Democrats in both the House and Senate have already voted for bills to reopen the government, just without the border wall funding that Trump desires.

The only thing preventing the funding of federal agencies at this point is Trump’s refusal to sign any legislation that doesn’t include five billion dollars for his ineffectual border wall. He also neglects to point out that the “Humanitarian Crisis” is of his own making.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to even allow the already passed House legislation to restart government operations to come to a vote in the Senate, fearful of defections by politically vulnerable Republicans afraid of rightfully accepting the blame for causing such financial pain for furloughed federal workers and contractors.

The faux president returns to calling any journalist who reports the displeasing truth to the public rather than Trump’s delusions as “Fake,” yet his only argument against accusations of “Chaos” in the White House is that he’s alone, as if the departure by firing or resignations of a large portion of his senior staff is business as usual.

Here Trump admits that his plan for the shutdown consists of America submitting to his will. He pretends that the election he “won” — with a small minority of registered voters actually casting ballots for him in an electoral process still under investigation for foreign interference and campaign funding felonies — was a mandate for his wall. He claims that elections have consequences, yet refuses to accept the midterm election results that installed a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives which has represented the will of voters by rejecting his foolish border security solution.

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Trump concluded this round of tweets with another refusal to recognize that the only “Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border” is of his own making, a threat of a lengthy period of intransigence, more blame foolishly flung at the Democrats he needs to negotiate with, and another note of desperation.

President Trump may want gullible followers to believe that he is in the White House ready to sign, but all he is really saying is “Give me what I demand and I’ll sign, but otherwise, I’ll hold the livelihoods and well-being of federal workers, their families, and the people they serve hostage until I get what I want.”

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Original reporting by Haley Britzky at Axios.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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