After 35 days of stubborn obstinacy, President Trump was forced to cave and re-open the government when faced with the threats of strikes by our nation’s overworked and unpaid air traffic controllers and the unblinking defiance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just one day after publicly vowing that he would “not cave.”
It was one of the most complete and humiliating political defeats that our nation has seen in decades. Trump got nothing he asked for and eventually agreed to the same deal that he had been offered one month ago after making hundreds of thousands of Americans work without pay and struggle to put food on their tables, all because he wanted funding to build a monument for racism in the desert.
Trump took to Twitter tonight in a desperate attempt to prove that this was not a concession (it was) and to argue that somehow he was doing this out of the goodness of his own heart — even though literally yesterday he vowed that he would never cave and his administrators have been making it clear that the well-being of our workers is not exactly high on their list of priorities.
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Trump made it clear that he didn’t care about people getting “badly hurt” by the shut down when he vowed to do it again next month if he had to, willing to go to any lengths to get his way no matter who or what it hurts.
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
Though we have to admit, it is very polite of him to pre-emptively take responsibility for the next shut down before it even happens!