'This is a cave, not a wall': Internet slams Trump's humiliating defeat on the shutdown fight
While he tried to declare victory in ending the government shutdown fight on Friday, it seemed no one in the world bought President Donald Trump's transparently ridiculous spin.
In a Rose Garden speech, Trump said the government will reopen for three weeks while debates about border security funding continue. Though he claimed to have secured concessions from Democrats, this was flatly untrue — the solution is exactly what the opposition party has been demanding since the shutdown began 35 days ago.
In other words, all the pain, anxiety, and uncertainty caused by the president's shutdown was completely pointless.
Here's how people reacted to his speech:
This is a cave, not a wall. https://t.co/omeyvT693V— Working Families Party 🐺 (@Working Families Party 🐺) 1548444795.0
Did he end the shutdown for the State of the Union or the Super Bowl?— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence O'Donnell) 1548446236.0
We'll soon watch Republican Senators vote for a bill reopening the government that isn't substantially different fr… https://t.co/aOibe8D0jE— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid) 1548447651.0
>> @brookebcnn: "This man single handedly shut down the government. It is shameful." https://t.co/iPWjhJzL2P— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter) 1548445878.0
35 days of not getting paid. For what?! #GovernmentShutdown #borderwall— Don Lemon (@Don Lemon) 1548445264.0
The president may be a stupid bigot, but he also sucks at negotiating.— rob delaney (@rob delaney) 1548445096.0
Reminder: recent studies found immigrants in the US illegally were 25% less likely to convicted of homicide, 11.5%… https://t.co/drJmDrMawj— amna (@amna) 1548445044.0
I’m sorry but there’s no way Trump didn’t smoke a fat blunt before giving this speech— Cam (@Cam) 1548443988.0
Let's not forget this. Untold numbers of people will never recover 4 weeks of lost pay. https://t.co/QJ6xhmqyMe— Abby D. Phillip (@Abby D. Phillip) 1548444658.0
Maybe this is part of an insanity defense for the Russia probe— Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin (@Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin) 1548444602.0
Oops https://t.co/JuEgtPzS7k— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1548446182.0
Shutdown has been going on for 35 days, this proposal for a 3 week ext has been talked about for a long time. Why n… https://t.co/vwhPuiwNOj— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal) 1548445106.0
Is this the worst, most rambling speech by a President in our lifetimes?— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal) 1548444942.0
Not only did Trump alienate moderates with a shutdown, he upset his core 35 percent by caving - and, most significa… https://t.co/QXfZxqZk6X— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1548446761.0
Oh boy https://t.co/aqjvdT89dI— Seung Min Kim (@Seung Min Kim) 1548446265.0