Trump threatens govt shutdown if Americans don’t pay for wall Trump said Mexico would pay for

Donald Trump is demanding that the American people fund the “wall” with Mexico, or he may shut down the entire government and cut off Obamacare payments for poor Americans’ health coverage.

In other words, Trump is threatening to hold the American people hostage unless we let him break a major campaign promise.

I’d reported previously on Trump’s threat to cut off the Affordable Care Act payments for poor Americans’ health care. Well, it seems that holding sick American as human shields didn’t work very well for Trump, so now he’s holding the entire country hostage.

Trump, as you know, had repeatedly promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall. Everyone knew that Mexico would never pay for the wall, but it was a convenient Trump lie, among so many, to get around the budget implications of building something so enormous. Then, after the election, Trump started to change his tune, claiming that Mexico would reimburse the American people for the wall. In other words, we were paying for it, and maybe later at some point Mexico might pay for it. That’s called bait-and-switch — you lure someone in with a promise, only to change it at the last minute.

And now, the only way Trump believes he can get the American people to pay for his broken campaign pledge is holding poor people hostage and shutting down the entire government.

Trump is a conundrum. He’s not very bright, and clearly doesn’t understand politics. But he did win the election, albeit with some help from the Russians and FBI Director Jim Comey. So, as much as we mock him, Trump shouldn’t be written off entirely — he did make it to the White House. Still, threatening a government shutdown is way out of Trump’s political league. As Trump showed during the first ACA repeal effort — having Bannon order GOP members of Congress to support Trump’s bill, as if that would do it — while his populist instincts are well honed, he still doesn’t get the politics of legislating and governing. Trump doesn’t know how to make Washington work for him. And taking on a government shutdown, when Trump is still operating with training wheels, is a recipe for disaster.

Finally, this also shows the degree to which Trump doesn’t care about the substance of any issue. He cares about himself, and his public perception. Trump is worried that his First 100 days is stacking up to be a bust. Other than Gorsuch, what has Trump really accomplished? The Muslim ban has been blocked repeatedly by the courts, the wall remains unfunded, the ACA repeal is going nowhere, and much of the government remains unstaffed because, for whatever reason, Team Trump can’t get its act together.

So Trump needs a win. And he doesn’t care about the details. Anything will suffice, regardless of whether it complements, or even contradicts, what he promised during the campaign, and regardless of who it hurts. What’s good for Trump Inc. is good for America.

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  • Yes, I think some people along the border have realized what that construction will mean on their property and to their businesses.

  • MoonDragon

    Especially since running it down the middle of the river isn’t an option, resulting in people ending up with half of their land on the wrong side of the wall.

  • Believe it or not, in Texas, which voted for Trump and where most of the wall would be built, the idea is actually not that popular. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2016/09/14/texans-oppose-donald-trumps-plan-build-border-wall-new-poll-says

  • Randy Riddle

    Has anyone really figured out if it’s actually feasible to build this thing? It’s like shutting down the government over a lack of funding for fucking unicorn rainbow sprinkle research.

  • 1nancy2

    Crazier? Is this possible? Oh wait, it is. Pence is dangerous, smart and verbal. Meet the new boss same as the old boss, but more cagey, insidious and bad for the USA.

  • woodroad34

    You, know, Trump’s a “billionaire”, why doesn’t he pay for it? All he does is take from the American people and he gives nothing back — no leadership, no intelligence, no inspiration; we spend millions of dollars for him to travel to Mar a Lago to golf and eat cake, millions of dollars for his kids to get contracts for their businesses, millions of dollars for his wife to live away from him. This is corporate welfare at its most egregious. Congress is the purse strings…why aren’t they holding him to a budget; oh, right! They’re republicans. What a canker.

  • Quilla

    Pence IS crazier but we would be rid of the evil orange spawn.

    Pence, who, IMHO, sounds like a pedophile, can speak in complete sentences. At least, that’s what a lot of people are saying…

  • 1nancy2

    I wish we had a light at the end of the tunnel, T., but dim is all I see. Tell me I’m missing something, pretty please? Now he will be riding in the queen’s carriage in Eng. with a Team of white horses. He is a laughing stock around the world. I blame Dems for being liars and robbers and not letting Bernie continue to win, but noooo, they gave us HRC who lost for a second time. HrC would have won, if she chose Bernie as her VP. Heck, he won 22 states by a landslide. Foolish woman, giving us that goofy Tim K. Your thoughts?

  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    Agree, 100%…

  • Badgerite

    If they, the GOP, and the Trump Monster want to shut down the government, then shut down the government. It is their thing, after all. But there is absolutely no way that the Democratic party, not one vote of it, should go to support this wanton and wasteful bullshit just to salve trump monster ego or to give the GOP a chance to claim that the Democratic party and the GOP are the same. I think not.

  • Badgerite

    trump doesn’t ‘work’. Why are we paying him?

  • 1nancy2

    I am speechless, Teddy. Say what you will about O., at least my BP was pretty stable for 8 years. Now? Through the roof. What a buffoon, but then: If he goes, we have Pence, who is crazier and even more dangerous than Don. We are screwed with no way out.

  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    Are you sitting down…? The following is a direct quote from the alleged potus: “A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST SHORT PERIOD OF TIME”…..Ok…? Read that sentence again and again, as many times as needed, until all of you realize that, a nine year old MORON is governing the country……

  • MoonDragon

    When asked about the rationale behind zeroing out Meals on Wheels, Trump’s spokesparasite, Mick Mulvaney, noted that it really didn’t work (another penury pimp said the same of free school meals). The government can’t continue to spend money on things that don’t work, no matter how nice they seem. There’s no fucking way the wall will work (the majority of undocumented individuals arrive legally and overstay visas anyway). How can we justify making tax payers foot the bill for this blow job for Trump’s ego.

  • Demosthenes

    It would be a fitting way to cap off Trump’s 100 days if the federal government shutdown because he wants taxpayers to foot the bill for his ridiculous wall.

  • Niblet58

    He is nothing more than a terrorist.

  • Quilla

    Oh, my head. How many lines does this idiot get to cross before he’s frog marched out of the White House?

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