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.
“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.”
And so, Tuesday night, when the Associated Press indulged Trump’s criticism of Democrats, people’s anger began to boil over.
this isn’t fact-checking, it’s a weird centrist mind exercise
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) January 9, 2019
It technically takes two to get murdered, too. Good take AP.
— Jesus Christ (@SonOfGodAndMan) January 9, 2019
JESUS CHRIST HOW ARE Y’ALL THIS BAD AT THIS! DEMOCRATS ARE NOT TO BLAME IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE FOR NOT GIVING THIS RACIST CHEDDAR BISCUIT BOI MONEY FOR A MANUFACTURED CRISIS! STOP BOTH SIDING THIS!!! pic.twitter.com/bPMx29yr8B
— X (@XLNB) January 9, 2019
What is going on with American media? FACT CHECK: McConnell passed a bill that was bipartisan and Trump suddenly refused to sign it and declared he wants to hold federal workers as hostages until he gets money for a ‘wall’ that both parties don’t support
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) January 9, 2019
Trump wants to be an authoritarian. You are supporting that desire w/ this reporting.
Dems not giving Trump everything he wants is NOT the same as not negotiating.
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) January 9, 2019
This is the third shutdown of Trump’s presidency and will be the longest in American history if it does not end before Friday.