Here's how Trump's right-wing allies are reacting to the embarrassing failure of his shutdown gambit
President Donald Trump has been insisting that he would keep the federal government partially shutdown for months or “even years” unless Congress agreed to provide $5.7 billion in funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
But on Friday — five weeks after the shutdown began — Trump announced that the government would be reopened for three weeks while negotiations continue over border security. The agreement doesn't include funding for a wall, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had stressed was out of the question. Reportedly, top Trump adviser adn son-in-law Jared Kushner and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urged Trump to end the shutdown, even without funding for a wall.
Some extremists on the far right, as expected, feel betrayed. Other conservatives have been more even-handed in their responses. Here’s what various people on the right are saying about the president’s shutdown compromise.
- Ann Coulter
On Twitter, author/columnist Ann Coulter has expressed her outrage not only at Trump but also Kushner. In one of her tweet, Coulter said, “Maybe the solution to the border crisis is not deporting 22 million illegals but one Jared Kushner.” And in an equally vituperative tweet, Coulter sarcastically posted, “Sure feel safer today, with the feds taking Roger Stone off the streets. No need for a border wall now. Nothing to fear from MS-13.”
But Coulter’s most searing tweet might be this one: “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.”
- Sen. Marsha Blackburn
Unlike Coulter, Sen. Marsha Blackburn hasn’t attacked Trump for his shutdown compromise, although she has used it as an opportunity for fear-mongering. In an official statement, the Tennessee Republican asserted, “President Trump has reached a compromise with Democratic and Republican leaders to reopen the federal government with a short-term continuing resolution. While this action solves the immediate problem of funding the back pay of 800,000 federal workers, it does not address the urgent need to end the humanitarian crisis on our southern border."
However, the "humanitarian crisis" at the border is largely a creation of Trump's own cruel policies.
- Rep. Mark Meadows
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who heads the far-right House Freedom Caucus, responded to Trump’s shutdown compromise by questioning whether or not Democrats care about border security. Meadows tweeted, “Democrats have been saying for weeks they’ll negotiate on wall funding when the government is open. POTUS is now giving them yet ANOTHER opportunity to come to the table. Americans will be able to judge for themselves whether Democrats are truly serious about securing our border.”
- Bill O’Reilly
Although former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has done plenty of fear-mongering over immigration, he was glad to hear that the government would be reopening. O’Reilly tweeted, “Political chess game continues. President Trump reopens government - a good thing. Gives Dems three weeks to make a border security deal. Reasonable. Advantage Trump today.”
- Anonymous former White House official
Philip Rucker, a Washington Post reporter, said Trump got "totally owned" by Nancy Pelosi and called his caving on the shutdown a "devastating humiliation," according to a former White House adviser.