Congress

“I personally think it’s less than 50-50”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I don't believe a congressional conference committee will produce border security legislation that can pass through both chambers of Congress and Trump apparently doesn't either.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal there's a "less than 50-50" chance the committee will produce something.

“I personally think it’s less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board,” Trump said in an interview Sunday with the newspaper. [...]

Is Trump prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks?

“Yeah, I think he actually is,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said. “He doesn’t want to shut the government down, let’s make that very clear. He doesn’t want to declare a national emergency.”

The idea that Trump "doesn't want to declare a national emergency" actually tells us there is no emergency.

An emergency is not something you declare because you do or don't want to; it's something you do out of necessity.

If there really was an emergency (there isn't), a declaration should have been issued a long time ago. And considering that Trump hasn't issued a declaration while insisting that an emergency currently exists, one has to ask why he's failing to protect the nation.

He can't have it both ways.

  • KanaW

    *He can’t have it both ways.*

    Sadly, considering the analytical capacity of most of his followers, I believe he can have it both ways. All he needs to do is say them one after the other, and the cognitive dissonance that his followers excel at will accept both.

  • muselet

    Take it to the bank, Donald Trump will shut down the government again in three weeks. Not because he has to, but because his ego won’t let him do anything else.

    If we’re very lucky, Senate Rs will decide their reelection chances are more important than Trump’s, and will provide a veto-proof margin on a budget without stupid amounts of money for Trump’s medieval vanity project.

    Is anyone feeling that lucky?

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    We have not yet recovered from the last shutdown. Or hadn’t he noticed. Government isn’t something you play ‘chicken’ with. FFFFFFing POS.

  • katanahamon

    Can’t we indict, impeach, or prosecute this guy already?? Isn’t anyone else sick of this criminal masquerading as a president? I think the federal workers should say “no pay, no play” and not show up for work the second he tries this again. Oh, by the way, when Rump says “I don’t want to..” that means he’s threatening to do exactly that..