President Trump fired off a Tuesday night tweet to “Cryin'” Chuck Schumer (D) letting let the New York Senate Minority Leader know that without funding for the wall – one of the president’s cornerstone campaign promises, there would be no compromise on legislation to help so-called Dreamers, something we expected when we reported that Schumer was pulling his border wall funding “offer” on Tuesday.
Schumer had offered and then withdrawn a deal which would secure funding for the wall in exchange for an agreement over immigration. Schumer’s office confirmed on Tuesday that the offer – initially made last Friday during negotiations over the shutdown – had been withdrawn on Sunday.
“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!” Trump tweeted.
Trump was of course referring to the Obama-era “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program which offers federal protection to illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children. While running for president, Trump said that he would repeal DACA on “day one” of his presidency. Nearly six months later on June 16, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would repeal the program, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirming the repeal in early September.
Congressional Democrats attempted to strongarm a DACA compromise out of GOP leaders last weekend, threatening to allow a government shutdown if no deal was reached. Republicans called their bluff, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer caved after three days with a stopgap funding bill that would keep the lights on in DC until February 8 following a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resume immigration talks in February.
As we noted on Monday, Democratic Senators with 2020 presidential aspirations naturally came out against the agreement.
“The Majority Leader’s comments last night fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word. I will do everything in my power to continue to protect Dreamers from deportation.”
Sens. Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand – some of the most vocal members of the Trump “resistance” – all voted against closing debate over DACA.
Earlier this month, House Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert (R-TX) wrote a scorching op-ed warning that if Trump betrays his base and works with Republicans to pass a “DACA amnesty” bill without first “securing the border and building a wall where it is needed,” Republicans will get slaughtered in the 2018 midterm elections less than ten months away – with Nancy Pelosi reclaiming her seat as Speaker of the House.
Trump, meanwhile, has said no DACA without a wall. “It’s gotta include the wall,” said the US President at a press conference in early January with Norway’s prime minister. “Any solution has to include the wall, adding “We need the wall for security, we need the wall for safety, we need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in.”
Tea Time: What No One is Saying About The Wall
By Larry Wiwi for the Franklin County Tea Party
I won’t spend time here defending the wall, border security or the need to end illegal immigration as we have covered those topics thoroughly before and frankly the need is obvious to most Americans. Instead it might be insightful to point out what no one is talking about and that is the answer to the question, exactly who’s fault is it that we are having this showdown and related shutdown now?
It is clearly not President Trump’s fault since he is the newcomer here trying to deliver promises he made in the campaign just a couple years ago. Broadly speaking it is the fault of the professional political class of which Pelosi, Schumer, the Bushes, the Clintons, the Obamas and many others are part of and failed to resolve over many decades.
However, the current showdown is clearly the fault of the last Republican controlled congress. It is the fault of former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and other prominent Republicans like the late John McCain and former Senator Flake. The Republicans by and large ran on ending Obama Care and enhanced border security and they delivered on neither, which was a spectacular failure of leadership and incredibly deceitful to the voters who elected them. The Republicans should have had both bills, border wall funding and Obama Care repeal ready for Trump’s signature by February 2017, but instead we have this self-induced political theatre.
Contrary to conventional thinking, the Democrats did not really win the House in the recent mid-terms as much as the Republicans lost it and the proof is pretty simple: Incumbents win re-election about 80% of the time in the House and if 40 Republicans would not have retired, the Republicans would likely have kept 32 seats and control of the House. The Republicans are likely to blame for the current stand-off because they gave up the House.
Finally, after losing the House, the Republicans still had about 6 weeks to jam through the wall funding and Obama Care repeal and for the third time, they delivered failure. None of this suggests that the behavior of Pelosi and Schumer is acceptable – their behavior is despicable but expected and because it was to be expected, the Republicans needed to act and get it done.
Over the next few weeks or months we will likely finally make progress in getting the wall and border security we have needed for decades, and it will be to Trump’s credit, no thanks to either the Republican leadership or the Democrats.
Donald Trump’s White House Address Wasn’t The Hero We Needed
Like many Americans, I eagerly awaited Donald Trump’s speech last night. It was an epic failure.
It wasn’t all bad when Donald Trump addressed the nation yesterday. He gets points for making the compassionate argument for the wall. Chuck & Nancy got trolled into defending killers, sex traffickers and rapists. Also, Democrats looked hysterical “literally shaking” all day about the possibility of a national emergency.
But the government is shutdown with the administration under investigation and his surrogates censored on the web.
How much more fire does he need before he will strike back? Some have openly called for his children to be arrested?!? The media didn’t even want to air his speech last night?!? Unprecedented!!!
The establishment wing of the Republican Party, people like Ben Shapiro, ridicule the idea of using a national emergency or executive order privileges. Their central argument? Doing so gives more power to future Democratic presidents.
This is a lie.
What we needed last night was Batman. In The Dark Knight, Morgan Freeman’s character [Lucius Fox] shows Batman a sonar that can find anyone in Gotham. However, he is concerned about the ethics of this surveillance technology. What does Batman do? He uses it to find the Joker and, to Lucius’s delight, blows it up shortly after.
That was the hero we needed last night. We didn’t get it. Trump had the opportunity to both use and destroy the machine. He didn’t do either.
Life isn’t a movie, but that’s sort of the point: parts of the country are becoming unlivable, people are dying, and it’s time to declare a national emergency. If we can defend Syria, we can defend our borders.
You can tell me his speech was good last night, but you can’t tell me it was at all historic. This could have been his JFK moment. We’ll see what happens, but last night’s speech was more than underwhelming.
“No Wall No Money” Lindsey Graham Says To Nancy Pelosi
The ongoing struggle that US President Donald Trump is spearheading against the Congress to pass a bill securing $5.7 billion in funding for a US-Mexico border wall led the government into a partial shutdown on 21 December after the Senate failed to approve a budget bill.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has issued an ultimatum to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats in the lower house stating that the budget deal will not be reached unless it includes funding for the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico.
The tweet comes after Democratic leaders reportedly left the negotiating table on 27 December refusing to discuss ways of restoring government operations. Pelosi told reporters that she would rather leave the government in indefinite shutdown than agrees to fund Trump’s wall.
To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats:
No Wall Money, No Deal.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 28, 2018