Trump Wants Democrats to ‘Own’ the Shutdown — But He Already Took Credit

President Donald Trump is attempting to reframe the looming government shutdown as the responsibility of Congressional Democrats, but he’ll have a hard time convincing much of anyone after loudly declaring that he would take full responsibility for the shutdown just ten days ago.

After declining to sign a continuing resolution that could have kept the government open while Congress worked out a more long-term funding deal, Trump set the stage for the unprecedented third government shutdown of his presidency. Trump spiked the deal that was set to quickly move through Congress because it lacked funding for his proposed wall on the southern border.

But on Friday, Trump inexplicably tried to blame Democrats for the shutdown of his own creation. “The Democrats now own the shutdown!” Trump tweeted.

Republicans saw success in messaging the January 2018 government shutdown as being caused by the Democrats demands. But Trump will have no such luck on the impending shutdown. Trump alone will be responsible if the government goes unfunded just before Christmas — and he’s already said as much himself.

In an Oval Office photo-op that quickly devolved into a televised shouting match less than two weeks ago, Trump made clear that he would be the one to shut down the government.

Trump went back and forth with Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) while Vice President Mike Pence sat silently.

After a contentious few minutes, Trump said something that might have left Republicans in Washington cringing.

“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through our military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government,” Trump said.

“We disagree,” Schumer shot back.

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“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump said.

The president went even further, vowing to “take the mantle” of responsibility for any failure to fund the government as a result of his demands. “I will be the one to shut it down,” he added. “I’m not gonna blame you for it.”


  1. “unprecedented third government shutdown of his presidency.” All hyperbole and playing loose with the facts. Please josh, explain to all of us here how ” a funding gap occurred overnight for the first part of the day on 9 February 2018 that did not result in workers being furloughed” is a “government shutdown”? And you double down on your spin by using the the term “unprecedented”. Once again, you yourself show the hack that you are.

    1. Yes, “unprecedented” would be wrong as there were three government shutdowns during President Regan’s time at the helm. But of course doing some research is not part of the job description of a liberal spin writer that hates President Trump.

  2. Gofundmethewall is an amazing show of American ingenuity & spirit! Join, judicial watch & citizens against government waste to make a difference.

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