Dems' Response Beat Trump's Wall Speech in TV Ratings
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Jan 10, 2019,
Jan 10, 2019, 1:44
The squabble over airtime included Democratic leaders demanding - and getting - equal time to respond to what they viewed as Mr. Trump's baseless pitch for a border wall that's the key issue in the government shutdown.
The partial shutdown started on December 22 when funding for many federal agencies expired and the US president refused to sign any spending measure from the Congress that did not include Dollars 5 billion for his US-Mexico border wall.
Naturally, the president's address was also met with criticism from Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who accused him of trying to "stoke fear" - so, you know Trump's boiling over the fact that he was skewered just as badly by his favorite ass-kissing network.
"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?" Even if they were get it, which the Democrats say they won't, it would not be keeping a promise.
Appearing on the morning show "Fox and Friends" on January 8, the libertarian told host Steve Doocy and others that Trump "can declare a state of emergency, but the declaration itself does not give him the power to take private property". Let's talk strictly about border security in the long run, not just a short-term fix.
The president was lauded by longtime supporters who have criticized him in recent weeks over his failure to implement of a border wall, nearly two years into his administration.
Democrats have offered Trump $1.3 billion in new funding for border security, although none for a wall. Kimmel quipped. "That's either a hall or the White House morgue, I'm not sure".
Exiting the White House, Democratic leaders did not dispute the substance of Trump's retelling of events. More than 38 million Americans who rely on food stamps could see them reduced should the shutdown continue into next month. "But having said that, I think there is going to be significant political pressure on everybody when federal workers and contractors start missing their paychecks, or cant pay the rent or the mortgage, or put food on the table".
Smith then asked Chris Wallace about whether the president's address had made the case for Trump's base.
"The fact-checking came too late for any viewers who turned off their televisions after the president stopped speaking", said Media Matters' Matt Gertz.
"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now". "Our southern border is a vast pipeline for illegal drugs including meth, heroine, cocaine and fentanyl". Schumer called on Trump to "separate the shutdown from arguments over border security", and let lawmakers pass "bipartisan legislation to reopen the government while allowing debate over border security to continue".