President Donald Trump’s stated desire to shut down the federal government over the Democrats’ refusal to fund his border wall galvanized Trump’s supporters after a prolonged stretch of relative malaise.
The shutdown is set for December 22, and the Trump White House is making it pretty clear that they don’t intend on wasting time with a quickie “stopgap” budget measure to prevent the move. President Trump wants $5 billion to complete his Wall to stop illegal immigrants from hopping our border fences, as some members of the media-celebrated caravan recently did.
As the possible shutdown nears, the Washington political class is clamoring for intel on what the Commander in Chief will decide to do. Sadly for them, Trump is refusing to show his hand — much like Generals Patton and MacArthur. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale said that “fewer reporters know what is going on because @realdonaldtrump has figured out who the leakers are. Isolation is actually cleaning up the leaks.”
There is a lot of media chatter about Trump’s supposed blunder in taking credit for the shutdown, during his awesome trick-play confrontation of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because the conventional thinking in Washington is that shutdowns are bad and parties should blame the other side for them. Despite the MAGA base’s enthusiasm for the shutdown, President Trump appeared to adopt some of that rhetoric in his recent address without backing off an inch from the concept of shutting it down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
Immigration adviser Stephen Miller appeared on Face the Nation Sunday to proclaim that the White House will do whatever is necessary to get the Wall. Presumably, a government shutdown falls under the umbrella of whatever is necessary.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) December 16, 2018
Cartoonist Ben Garrison spoke for MAGA Nation in celebrating Trump’s maneuver of inviting the press into his White House smackdown of Pelosi and Schumer. Trump supporters are clearly very enthusiastic about the White House’s willingness to go on offense.
— 🇺🇸 Miguelifornia (@michaelbeatty3) December 12, 2018
“Government shutdowns are the biggest nothing out there,” said Trump 2020 Advisory Board member Tony Shaffer in response to my recent article This Government Shutdown Is Going To Be AWESOME. “When they happen it only shows how much of the government is not needed as life goes on and demonstrates the need to cut ‘services.’ So yeah, bring on the huge shutdown!”
New acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, formerly a conservative congressman, made it clear months ago that a “good shutdown” could fix #ThisTown.
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