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.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
"Donald J. Trump is about to be 'The Grinch that Stole Christmas.'"
Sen. @TimKaine reacts to the pending government shutdown, adding "I don't negotiate with bullies, and I don't think the Senate should negotiate with bullies."https://t.co/CnL3BH9vq6 pic.twitter.com/f0oPJFVFgx
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 21, 2018
“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.”
To celebrate Christmas, @realDonaldTrump is giving over 420,000 working families the gift of going to work but not being paid. That means law enforcement, air traffic controllers, and TSA agents are working one of their busiest times of year—with no pay. pic.twitter.com/KIED4r8oFc
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) December 21, 2018
But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a different approach, saying the comparison “would be offensive to the Grinch.”
To call @realDonaldTrump a Grinch to the countless Americans impacted by his threats of a shutdown would be offensive to the Grinch. This is a season to enjoy time with friends & family. Instead, the consequences of Trump's disastrous leadership are on full display.
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) December 21, 2018
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.