The Democrats revealed their strategy for ending the government shutdown on Monday, releasing a press statement that outlined their plans. Surprise, surprise, it does not involve entering into good faith negotiations with the White House that might actually bear fruit as it pertains to border security.
Instead, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have devised a smarmy political strategy wherein they will force Mitch McConnell to either pass a spending bill or “share credit” with Trump for prolonging the shutdown. The calculation, it seems, is that Republicans on Capitol Hill are far less certain about the political ramifications of he shutdown than is Trump. They’re hoping that once McConnell caves, Trump will not be far behind.
“If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to support the first bill, then they are complicit with President Trump in continuing the Trump shutdown and in holding the health and safety of the American people and workers’ paychecks hostage over the wall,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. “It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported.”
This is of course, ludicrous reasoning that could only work on the least intelligent minds in the country, i.e., the political pundits who write columns bashing Donald Trump on a daily basis. So far as that goes, mission accomplished. But then again, Pelosi and Schumer could have saved themselves the time, seeing as how those pundits were always going to blame the GOP for this shutdown anyway. We suppose it helps for everyone to be on the same page, singing the same hymn, though. Makes for a nice harmony.
But we much prefer the tune that Rep. Mo Brooks was humming last week. In an interview with WAAY TV, the Alabama Republican said that Pelosi and Schumer were responsible for Americans dying at the hands of illegal immigrants.
“Those Americans are dying either because they’ve been murdered by illegal aliens, vehicular homicides by illegal aliens, or the illegal narcotics that are shipped into our country by illegal aliens, and their drug cartels with the drug overdoses that are in the tens of thousands of lost American lives per year,” Brooks said. “And so the question’s going to be, how much American blood do you have to have on the hands of Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer before they will help us with border security? Or is their craving for power such that they’re willing to accept the loss of American life?”
THAT’S the way you fight for the wall. If we could get more Republicans like Brooks to call the Democrats out for their blatantly un-American agenda, we might see them cave on the wall after all.