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.”
AP FACT CHECK: Democrats put the blame for the shutdown on Trump. But it takes two to tango. 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. https://t.co/9IWnqUgl2d
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) January 9, 2019
As some correctly noted, Republicans controlled Congress when Trump shuttered the federal government three days before Christmas.
Umm… the shutdown started before Christmas. When the GOP was in control of the House, Senate, and White House. Your fact check needs a fact check.
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) January 9, 2019
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) January 9, 2019
What the hell is wrong with you???
“Democrats put the blame for the murder on the murderer. But it takes two to tango. The murder stabbing the victim is one reason the victim is dead. The victim being in the vicinity of the murderer is another.”
— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@charles_gaba) January 9, 2019
AP’s tweet looks more like baiting than mere fact-checking, and people ran with it.
FACT CHECK: kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School put the blame for the shooting on easy access to assault weapons. But it takes two to tango. If the kids didn't insist on an education, they wouldn't have been at school or have gotten killed.
— On The Case Man (@OnTheCaseMan) January 9, 2019
AP FACT CHECK: it is both art and not art
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) January 9, 2019
AP FACT CHECK: Bank officials put blame for the hostage crisis on the bank robbers. The robbers’ demand for “all the money you have” is one reason for the crisis. But the bank officials’ refusal to pay up is another.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 9, 2019
AP FACT CHECK: The police put the blame for the killing on the murderer. But it takes two to tango. Repeatedly stabbing the victim is one reason for the murder. The victim's refusal to stay alive is another.
— Patrick Dugan (@patduuuuuuuugan) January 9, 2019
AP Fact Check: titanic engineers furious with passengers for drowning.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 9, 2019
AP Fact Check: WWII could have been avoided if only the French, British, Russia & Americans didn’t put up a fight.
— Jeff Logan (@logn84) January 9, 2019
FACT CHECK: This is not a fact check.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 9, 2019
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.
“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.