People Can't Stop Mocking the Associated Press for Its Questionable 'Fact Check' of the Border Wall Funding Impasse

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial shutdown of the federal government has gone on for 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

The Associated Press's fact-check of President Donald Trump's Oval Office address Tuesday night has people on social media frustrated as the government shutdown continues into its 19th day.

"AP FACT CHECK: Democrats put the blame for the shutdown on Trump. But it takes two to tango," AP tweeted. "Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for his border wall is one reason for the budget impasse. The Democrats refusal to approve the money is another."


As some correctly noted, Republicans controlled Congress when Trump shuttered the federal government three days before Christmas.

AP's tweet looks more like baiting than mere fact-checking, and people ran with it.

In its post-speech analysis, AP expanded on what has really happened over the last few weeks.

Trump has blamed Democrats for blocking funding for a border wall as the cause of the shutdown, but it was Trump himself who said he would be "proud to shut down the government over border security" last month.

“Democrats will not fund border security," Trump charged during his address.

Again, it was Trump who refused to sign off on a bipartisan continuing resolution that included billions of dollars for border security, all so he could save face with his political base.

"That’s not true. They just won’t fund it the way he wants," AP responded, clarifying its questionable tweet. "They have refused his demand for $5.7 billion to build part of a steel wall across the U.S.-Mexico border."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have steadfastly denied Trump a border wall, though they have offered billions in funding for enhanced border security.

AP continued:

"Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the U.S. southern border."

This is in spite of the fact that undocumented border crossings have substantially decreased in the last decade, and the "crisis" Trump cites at the southern border is of his administration's making.

And so, Tuesday night, when the Associated Press indulged Trump's criticism of Democrats, people's anger began to boil over.

This is the third shutdown of Trump's presidency and will be the longest in American history if it does not end before Friday.

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