It’s now the second day of the partial government shutdown, which will go through Christmas and shows no signs of stopping.
The shutdown comes after the White House rejected stopgap legislation passed by the House and Senate—which would have kept the government fully operational until 2019—because lawmakers didn’t cave to President Donald Trump’s demands for an additional $5 billion dollar allocation for border wall funding.
As is often the case in government shutdowns, those in Washington are trying to deflect blame from their own party and, in the case of the GOP, from their President.
But if the results of a recent poll from C-SPAN are any indication, keeping the blame from Donald Trump may prove to be difficult.
Who do you blame for the #GovernmentShutdown?
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 22, 2018
An overwhelming 80% of respondents blamed the President for the government shutting down. In addition to Trump rejecting the continuing resolution put forth to keep the government open, the consensus is likely due to statements made by Trump in a contentious public meeting with likely Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
During that meeting, Trump said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government, before stating unequivocally that a shutdown would fall on his shoulders:
“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down. And I’m going to shut it down for border security.”
Days later, his tune had changed:
The Democrats now own the shutdown!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
But as Twitter users are pointing out in the replies to C-SPAN’s poll, they won’t be forgetting Trump’s words.
In this, I agree with the toddler-in-chief: he owns the shutdown.
— Robert Northrop (@robertNorth14) December 22, 2018
The guy who said this. Trump, is it? pic.twitter.com/gw2GpAOskW
— OPEN THE GOVERNMENT 🏳️🌈 (@pjrocks) December 22, 2018
Hello. I’m going to go with person who said “I will shut down the government” in front of live television cameras.
— Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area (@csweet) December 22, 2018
The person who is quoted as “I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not gonna blame you for it.” Donald Trump, December 11, 2018.
— Michelle B (@mleebaptiste) December 22, 2018
Trump – he openly said that he would take the USA as a hostage for his plans in the Meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (and a sleeping VP).
— KVWUPP IOFF (@KVWUPPfromIoff) December 23, 2018
I do believe there is televised evidence of the “President” owning a shutdown from 2 weeks ago. Why is this even a question?
— Trump’s Hair (@RealTrumpsHair2) December 22, 2018
Trump literally said he’d be proud to shut the government down if he didn’t get what he wanted.
— Merry Christmas (from a lib) (@UniqueMom444) December 23, 2018
Things only got worse for the President.