Donald Trump's snap decision to cut a deal with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to produce fascinating fallout. While liberals inexplicably crap all over Trump for giving Democrats exactly what they wanted, Trump supporters have been twisting themselves into knots defending the deal.
That includes Trump Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director and Guy Who Just Stole His Glasses From a Five-Year-Old Harry Potter Fan Mick Mulvaney, who defended the deal on “Fox & Friends” by admitting that the only way Trump can effectively govern is to do what Democrats want:
“What did the president do, in addition clearing the decks, by cutting this deal with the Democrats earlier this week? He proved that he can govern. He proved that he can run the country and prioritize what's most important at the appropriate times.”
This is exactly the point that liberals are making, that the first significant legislative victory of Trump's presidency is nothing short of a 100% cave to Democrats. For all the talk of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) having difficulty corralling Republican votes, all available evidence points to cruel and unpopular Republican policies as the problem.
Credit Mulvaney, an avatar of Republican cruelty, for keeping his game face on while trying to spin this, and for pretending he just can't comprehend how a Congress could ever go about doing away with the debt limit:
“I talked to him about that a little bit last night. I don't think we understand how it would work.”
Mulvaney well knows that Congress could simply pass a law automatically authorizing debt for all authorized spending, in keeping with the 14th Amendment. Republicans are fond of using the full faith and credit of the U.S. government as a hostage to negotiate concessions by casting the debt ceiling as a spending control, but it isn't that. The debt ceiling is a “control” on paying back money we have already spent.
Now that “Chuck and Nancy” have had a chance to (slowly, I'm sure) explain this to Trump, Republicans could end up losing their favorite hobby horse. And of the Beltway media keeps praising Trump for this move, we could soon see Mulvaney uncomfortably defending a whole lot more.
Watch Mulvaney's full interview below, via Fox News.
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