Trump got up this morning and started tweeting and it’s been all about the need for a wall and the potential government shutdown if the Senate doesn’t pass one.
Here’s how Trump started, explaining that if Democrats don’t vote for the wall in the Senate it will be a Democrat shutdown:
Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen. If enough Dems don’t vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! House Republicans were great yesterday!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Why Democrats should vote for a wall…
The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better. I know tech better than anyone, & technology.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
.....on a Border is only effective in conjunction with a Wall. Properly designed and built Walls work, and the Democrats are lying when they say they don’t. In Israel the Wall is 99.9% successful. Will not be any different on our Southern Border! Hundreds of $Billions saved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
There will be a shutdown for a very long time if Democrats vote no…
No matter what happens today in the Senate, Republican House Members should be very proud of themselves. They flew back to Washington from all parts of the World in order to vote for Border Security and the Wall. Not one Democrat voted yes, and we won big. I am very proud of you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Even President Ronald Reagan tried for 8 years to build a Border Wall, or Fence, and was unable to do so. Others also have tried. We will get it done, one way or the other!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
And then Trump gets a bright idea and tells Mitch McConnell to use the NUCLEAR OPTION:
Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
I’m guessing he got it from Steve Daines…
Thank you @SteveDaines for being willing to go with the so-called nuclear option in order to win on DESPERATELY NEEDED Border Security! Have my total support.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
To sum up, we’ve gone from needing Democrat votes for the wall to McConnell being told to kill the filibuster and push it through that way.
Not to be nitpicky, but if McConnell doesn’t use the nuclear option, does it mean he now bears responsibility for the government shutdown? After all, the country is counting on him.
In any event, looks like there’s a lot of pressure on Republicans in the Senate to get this done. Today will be fun!