Congress is expected to give themselves another eleven days off between January 17 and 28, which will help stretch the government shutdown even longer, increasing President Donald Trump’s leverage over Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
The House Freedom Caucus is calling for Congress to stay in session to work out a deal, but there is no reason for Trump to make a deal at this point: he can build the Wall with the Army Corps of Engineers by declaring a national emergency, keep the government shut down to pressure Schumer and Pelosi, and save taxpayers a billion dollars a week (enough money to build the Wall in three pay periods) by declining to give furloughed workers any back pay.
“Official position: HFC calls for House to stay in session through the weekend and next week, instead of gaveling out and taking a break,” the Freedom Caucus stated.
It’s good that Republicans are highlighting congressional laziness, but Trump’s supporters are enjoying the shutdown, and Democrats are starting to go for “physical barriers” or a “partial wall.” They can call it whatever they want so long as the Wall gets built, according to President Trump.
Democrat California congresswoman Katie Hill accused President Donald Trump of “political terrorism” in the very same interview in which she also supported “physical barriers.”
Hill joins fellow anti-Trumper Mitt Romney in caving to the president somewhat. Hill said on Fox News Saturday that many Democrats do support “physical barriers” though not a complete Wall. Romney, meanwhile, on CNN bashed Trump but still pledged to vote for Trump’s border wall.
Hill even announced on CNN that she will vote for physical border barriers.
“Look, I think that there is a lot of talk about physical barriers of some kind, and even President Trump isn’t calling it a Wall anymore,” Hill said.
This proves that it doesn’t really matter what kind of divisive rhetoric Trump’s enemies use to cover face, so long as you listen carefully to what is happening: Trump is winning.
It also proves that Trump is a negotiating master by allowing Democrats to use other terms — like “physical barriers” — instead of having to say that they support the Wall.
“I think she’s in a very tough position,” Hill said of House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
No doubt about that! President Trump enjoys all the leverage in these negotiations because his supporters want a border Wall and Democrats have been unable to intelligently explain to the American people why they are fighting so hard against it.
How many Democrats want to cave but can’t because of Pelosi?
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos recently said that a “partial wall” would be “fine.”
House speaker Nancy Pelosi flatly denied Trump’s request to fund the Wall with one word: “No.” But Bustos’ statement suggests that Democrats are more willing to play ball than their leader Pelosi, as the White House has always suspected.
Bustos might realize that President Donald Trump has all the leverage in this government shutdown because his supporters do not care that the government is shut down and many Americans want the government to be shut down because they feel that the government wastes massive amounts of money paying for “non-essential” workers and functions.
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Bustos said on CNN.
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Georgia’s Unelected RINO Senator Cashed Out on Stocks After Coronavirus Briefing
Sen. Kelly Loeffler has demonstrated her cronyism.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was appointed to her post undemocratically against the wishes of President Donald Trump, has been revealed for selling stock shortly after a private briefing on the coronavirus.
She and her husband sold off a stunning seven figures worth of stock options after the Senate Health Committee held a private meeting with all Senators to brief them about the growing coronavirus epidemic.
“Appreciate today’s briefing from the President’s top health officials on the novel coronavirus outbreak. These men and women are working around the clock to keep our country safe and healthy,” Loeffler wrote in a tweet about the briefing at the time.
Loeffler dumped stocks worth between $50,001 and $100,000 in Resideo Technologies following the hearing. The stock for Resideo has dropped by half since that point, as the Dow Jones has tanked by losing roughly 10,000 points.
She also made a buy of between $100,000 and $250,000 in Citrix, a tech firm specializing in teleworking that has bucked the market during its downturn due to the increased demand for remote networking because of coronavirus.
In subsequent tweets, Loeffler has repeatedly downplayed the threat of coronavirus.
“Democrats have dangerously and intentionally misled the American people on #Coronavirus readiness,” she wrote in a tweet on Feb. 28. “Here’s the truth: @realDonaldTrump & his administration are doing a great job working to keep Americans healthy & safe.”
“Concerned about #coronavirus?” she wrote in a tweet on March 10. “Remember this: The consumer is strong, the economy is strong, & jobs are growing, which puts us in the best economic position to tackle #COVID19 & keep Americans safe.”
Since she wrote those tweets, most of the country has been locked down, Wall Street has cratered, and death tolls have continued to spike.
Loeffler is not the only Senator who seemingly took information about coronavirus to benefit their own finances. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who is chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had his hand caught in the cookie jar as well. He jettisoned between $500,000 and $1.5 million of stock in February after the meeting.
Burr knew about how potentially deadly the coronavirus could become, but only told his inner circle of well-connected constituents and kept the public in the dark.
“There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he told the insiders in the uncovered audio. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”
Loeffler was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat last year by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp against the counsel of President Trump. Trump’s preferred pick for the seat, Rep. Doug Collins, is challenging Loeffler for her Senate position right now. The U.S. Senate election in Georgia will take place in November with multiple Republicans on the ballot.
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