Tim Kaine: Trump Is the ‘Grinch That Stole Christmas’ With Latest Shutdown Threat

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You’re a mean one … Mr. President?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) likened President Donald Trump to Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch” during a Friday appearance on CNN. The Virginia Senator sharply criticized the president’s push for a government shutdown and the impact it could have on federal workers around Christmas.

Kaine blasted Trump for changing his mind on a continuing resolution earlier this week that could have kept the government open past the holidays, giving Congress the opportunity to work out a more longterm funding deal.

“That is unacceptable,” Kaine said of Trump’s move towards a shutdown. Kaine’s state is home to a large number of federal employees who would be adversely impacted by a government shutdown.

“I don’t negotiate with bullies, and I don’t think the Senate should negotiate with bullies,” he added.

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“Donald J. Trump is about to be ‘The Grinch That Stole Christmas’ for all these people,” Kaine said. “He’s the only person who wants a shutdown and he seems intent on doing it.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) drew a similar comparison on Twitter with a photo depicting the Grinch in front of the White House.

“To celebrate Christmas, [Donald Trump] is giving over 420,000 working families the gift of going to work but not being paid,” Merkley wrote. “That means law enforcement, air traffic controllers, and TSA agents are working one of their busiest times of year—with no pay.”

But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a different approach, saying the comparison “would be offensive to the Grinch.”

Unlike the Grinch, the story of an impending government shutdown on the weekend before Christmas won’t end with anyone’s heart growing three sizes. Instead, the president and Congress will need to reach a funding deal by midnight on Friday to avert the third government shutdown of the Trump presidency.

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Art Wentworth

So how are they not bullies? Are they not trying to bully him into not building our wall? I’m about done with this whole resist Donald Trump mentality!

Jack Biehler

Tired of idiot democrats who vote against the wall but live in gated communities. Anybody else see the hypocrisy in that?


how come it’s ok when the demwits shut down the government, but not the other way around


This is messy, but it’s difficult to take anything from Kaine seriously. What has he brought to the table? He’s just along for the ride. His central nerve was extracted while at Harvard Law. How he escaped some of Hilary’s open choke bird shot blame in What Happened is explained by his unique talent of invisibility and withholding any sponsorship of signature legislation

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