Trump called for a government shutdown this morning, but he's not calling for a shutdown this week, he's calling for a shutdown in September.
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Trump is reportedly angry because the budget "deal" being passed by Congress this week includes almost everything Democrats could have wanted and virtually nothing that Trump and the GOP asked for. But Trump doesn't truly understand the policy, he's angry because the press is accurately reporting that he and the GOP got nothing out of it. Trump spends a significant portion of every day watching cable news and he doesn't like what he's seeing.
Trump and his budget director, the Edgar-suit wearing lizard Mick Mulvaney, are desperately trying to spin this week's budget agreement as a "win."
According to Mulvaney, Trump beat Democrats "at the very highest level" because Democrats wanted a shutdown.
Mr. Mulvaney said the White House believed Democrats were trying to drive the president to a shutdown and he had resisted.
“He beat them on that at the very highest level,” Mr. Mulvaney said on Tuesday. “The real winners were the American people and the president.”
If I could insert a fart noise into this post, it would be right here.
Blaming Democrats for a possible shutdown doesn't really work when you're personally calling for a shutdown.
I have my doubts that Mulvaney will still be the budget director by this time next year. Eventually, someone in the White House is going to realize he's a fucking tool. It will probably be the Goldman guys who force him out.
A government shutdown is never "good" for anyone, by the way. It's bad for the economy, it's bad for business, and it's bad for the government. Forcing a shutdown will not increase the likelihood that Trump's agenda will be passed. He is, in effect, threatening to shoot himself.