President Donald Trump continues to claim full support from the GOP for his border wall. However in addition to lacking the support of the one Republican Representative for a district on the southern border, 12 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted against Trumps government shutdown tactic.
Last week five Republicans joined Democrats to vote on spending bills to reopen the government. The next House vote saw seven GOP members siding with the Democratic majority.
Then Wednesday the GOP defectors climbed to eight. By Thursday a dozen House members of the GOP decided the Democrats had the right idea. Republican Senators also expressed support for reopening the government without wall funding.
But those facts did not deter the President from claiming full GOP support for his shutdown and his wall. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—who blocked Democratic efforts to reopen the government from being considered by the Senate—echoed Trump despite facts proving otherwise.
Watch their remarks here.
President Trump following Senate Republican Policy Lunch: "The Republicans are totally unified." pic.twitter.com/eOMvrVfj97
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 9, 2019
If Trump’s shutdown continues beyond Friday it becomes the longest in history. And some members of the GOP may not want that as their political legacy.
People are pointing that fact out.
Last week 7 House Republicans voted to fund government. Yesterday it was 8. Today it is 12.
More and more #GOP Members understand it is wrong to use a government shutdown that harms Americans as a negotiating tactic.
Mr. President, reopen our government. https://t.co/96VPxEodWr
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 11, 2019
While others are asking why, if the GOP believed a wall was vital, neither Mitch McConnell nor Paul Ryan pushed through the funding Trump wanted for his wall for the years the Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House.
For two years, the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress.
If The Wall had been an actual priority of Trump’s, it would have easily passed.
It wasn’t an actual priority. Until Rush Limbaugh hurt his feelings.
Shutdown is all kinds of bullshit.
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 10, 2019
With consideration that the GOP never funded Trump’s wall during the years the could have without any issue, lead many to posit the shutdown and supposed emergency manufactured for an entirely different purpose.
Do not be fooled: Trump and the GOP know *exactly* what they’re doing with this shutdown. We break down their plan on the new episode of @gaslitnation, out now. https://t.co/d6tJV629NS pic.twitter.com/RxvhfPnLTz
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 9, 2019
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) January 11, 2019
Pay attention to the long-term, cumulative damage of the shutdown, including the effect on the census.
The Trump admin has long sought to manipulate the census in an effort to reallocate resources and annihilate rights. This isn’t just a shutdown — it’s a hostile restructuring. https://t.co/1CHsbx1BUk
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 11, 2019
BREAKING: Three Republican sources tell me even if Democrats did give Trump wall funding, he wouldn’t reopen the government. He apparently is thrilled about the shutdown. Likes how FBI agents & other federal workers have been furloughed. Truly thinks all federal workers are Dems.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 10, 2019
People made certain to point out their opinions on Trump’s government shutdown and GOP unity directly to the President.