The Republican National Committee attempted to blame the government shutdown––now in its 28th day––on Democrats and cast President Donald Trump as an innocent victim in six rapid-fire tweets.
The RNC claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s unwillingness to negotiate had caused the shutdown.
WEEK 4 of Chuck & Nancy’s Shutdown:
🔴REPUBLICANS: @realDonaldTrump invited a number of Congressional Democrats to meet & discuss border security.
🔵DEMOCRATS: Congressional Dems failed to show up.
— GOP (@GOP) January 18, 2019
The GOP’s version of events is wrong, however.
The president’s response to the shutdown has been widely criticized. He’s claimed since the shutdown, which kicked off last month after he declined to sign a stopgap funding bill because he disagreed with the decision of Congress not to provide the funding he’d requested for his proposed border wall, is a ploy orchestrated by Democrats.
In fact, the president’s insistence on blaming Democrats for the shutdown contradicts his own statements. In December, he preemptively accepted ownership of a then-possible shutdown.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he told Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office on December 11.
These facts are not lost on many who called out the RNC for twisting the facts.
There never should’ve been a shutdown week 1, or 2,3 and counting. The Appropriations Bills passed the Senate & House no problem. Trump threw an ego tantrum. Why must HIS mental disabilities & addictions be OUR problem? Put the bills on the Senate floor- Take the Vote #doyourjob
— Life (@LiveLoveAndCare) January 18, 2019
A reminder that DEMs and GOP passed a bipartisan CR bill in December and agreed to have continuing talks on the wall…until @realDonaldTrump flaked out! Why are you holding US hostage?
— Chris (@csites73) January 18, 2019
“I will take the mantle,” Mr. Trump went on. “I will be the one to shut it down — I’m not going to blame you for it.”
— Chuck McAtee (@chuckmcatee) January 18, 2019