This afternoon, President Trump was brought to his knees by the threats of a work stoppage by America’s air traffic controllers and flight attendants, forcing him to agree to a three-week temporary re-opening of the government, which was the same deal that had been offered at the beginning of this preposterous debacle.
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Now thanks to the President, millions of contractors have missed an entire month of pay that they’ll never get back while hundreds of thousands more federal workers have been forced to work unpaid and burdened with the knowledge they have no idea when their next paycheck might come, with no way to put food on their table or pay their bills.
On top of that, the nation’s food supply and air traffic have been put at serious risk while our national parks have been devastated by the appalling behavior of unsupervised visitors, among a dozen other petty insults, injuries, and inconveniences our nation has had to suffer thanks to the president’s selfish obstinance.
The nation was understandably savage in its responses to the president’s capitulation, with everyone from America’s elected officials to the denizens of Weird Twitter reveling in his humiliation and his incompetence. Even the right-wing MAGA chuds got in on the action, furious that the president had caved and they wouldn’t be getting their wall after all.
Here’s a selection of the best responses.
From Senators, Representatives, and reporters:
How pathetic. On Dec. 19, the Senate unanimously passed essentially the same legislation that we will vote on today. We are back to exactly where we started. Thank you, Mr. President, for shutting down the government and holding 800,000 federal employees hostage. All for nothing!
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 25, 2019
This shutdown was pointless and cruel. Our country owes a great deal of gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who kept doing their jobs over the last month when Republicans in Washington wouldn't do theirs.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 25, 2019
.@IlhanMN: “The badly scripted House of Cards episode is finally coming to an end!”
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) January 25, 2019
Current WH staffer: "He just caved. The next two years are going to be crazy awful." My response: "What the Hell has the first two years been?" @realDonaldTrump
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) January 25, 2019
Hilarious that this all started because Paul Ryan refused to hold a vote on the unanimously passed Senate CR while he was still Speaker, then gave up the gavel and skipped town, leaving everyone else behind to clean up his mess. What a wonk, what a boy scout.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 25, 2019
"He’s not going to sign a bill that doesn’t have money for the wall… if he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president. That’s probably the end of his presidency."
– Lindsey Graham, January 2
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 25, 2019
From regular folks on Twitter:
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) January 25, 2019
sallie mae: when are you paying back your student loans?
— manny (@mannyfidel) January 25, 2019
the real wall was in our hearts all along https://t.co/RgWmcpWvzD
— Caramel Sauce (@communalsauce) January 25, 2019
Hell yea, no wall means MS-13 is now officially the cops (they will also get free health care)
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 25, 2019
The president may be a stupid bigot, but he also sucks at negotiating.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) January 25, 2019
Weird that Trump reopened the government without wall funding instead of just arresting all the Democrats for the pedophile treason they’ve been doing.
— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) January 25, 2019
there's a linear path of events that go from "Anthony Weiner texts girls 'I have a boner ;)'" to "air traffic controllers beast on syphilitic billionaire government"
— doing grey sweatpants challenge with my uncle (@ByYourLogic) January 25, 2019
Trump got cucked again because hes a stupid piece of shit
— Admiral Benghazi (@AdmiralHalo) January 25, 2019
Pelosi is going to have to add Trump to her disclosure forms where it asks for a list of assets she owns.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 25, 2019
Regarding the furious chuds:
the salt mines are officially open for business on right wing twitter and reddit
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) January 25, 2019
Several @POTUS supporters appear to be angrier with him now then when it seemed like he would sign the spending bill before Christmas
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) January 25, 2019
Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 25, 2019
"Weird Mike" Cernovich jumps off Trump train after "commander-in-soy" rose garden debacle, botched wall deal pic.twitter.com/cFQXA8L4eN
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) January 25, 2019