President Trump’s descent into utter delusion has continued at a rapid pace as the shutdown drags on into a second month. With the defeat of two dueling government funding bills this afternoon in the Senate, the president called in the media to brag about how, somehow, he had “won” since his bill got more votes for it than against it.
He also seemed to think that this was evidence that Democrats were crossing the aisle and saying that “walls are good.”
Trump offers delusional interpretation of Senate vote: "I see a lot of Democrats, almost all of them breaking & saying 'walls are good! Walls are good!' Big difference from what you had 2 or 3 weeks ago…Our bill won 50-47."
No Dems are saying that & 50 votes isn't a "win." pic.twitter.com/xuUauGlhU4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2019
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The truth is, only one “Democrat” crossed the aisle — perennial backstabber and former Republican Joe Manchin (“D”-WV), who somehow is allowed to vote like a Republican despite every other red state Democrat toeing the party line and voting against Trump.
In fact, six Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with the Democrats to re-open the government without any funding for a border wall while two more Republicans voted against his border wall funding. If anything, it’s clear that it’s Trump’s own party that is beginning to splinter and break as the shutdown drags on — a big difference from the unity they showed two or three weeks ago!
But since Trump loves numbers, and likes it especially when his numbers are bigger than the other team’s numbers, he’s decided that this counts as a “win” for him.
He went on to make it clear that the ongoing suffering of hundreds of thousands of federal workers isn’t weighing on him one bit as he defended Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ comments this morning about how he “couldn’t understand” why workers who haven’t been paid in a month are going to food banks to keep their kids fed.
Trump dismissed all their concerns with a wave of his hand, telling families who can’t make mortgage payments that these kinds of things “work along and that’s what happens in times like this.”
Direct quote from the President: "I know banks are working along if you have mortgages, the mortgagees, the mortgage, the folks collecting the interest and all of those things they work along and that’s what happens in times like this." pic.twitter.com/CHeXsDN26a
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 24, 2019
It is hard to fully put into words how divorced from reality this man is — and just how monstrous his lack of empathy for the people whose lives he’s ruining with his stubborn standoff.