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.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 21, 2018
The president’s contentious address on border security two nights ago has also been derided as one based on lies and racism.
The president emphasized the need for a wall along our nation’s southern border, suggesting at one point that it was morally imperative.
“Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their homes?” he said. “They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 9, 2019
The president has not budged on his reasons for the shutdown, and it’s safe to expect more Star Wars analogies in our future.