In a development that may not be surprising to many, President Donald Trump embarked on a Twitter tirade as the partial shutdown of the government over border wall funding stretches into its second day.
The President blamed Democrats for the shutdown (despite vowing to take ownership of it himself), while also criticizing the Federal Reserve in the wake of an increasingly uncertain financial market.
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately n… https://t.co/rJjel91tSs— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545672764.0
The Wall is different than the 25 Billion Dollars in Border Security. The complete Wall will be built with the Shut… https://t.co/k8DTw3trKu— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545671422.0
The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary… https://t.co/g0dYAlEqmD— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545666922.0
Now, incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) are taking the President to task.
The top-ranking Democrats tweeted the same statement assuring that it's the President—not the Democrats—who remains guilty of "plunging the country into chaos."
It's Christmas Eve and @realDonaldTrump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the pre… https://t.co/xps2ylAYte— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1545678047.0
Instead of bringing certainty into people’s lives, @realDonaldTrump is continuing the #TrumpShutdown just to please… https://t.co/XhK7VQpDHR— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1545678047.0
They criticized the mixed messages coming from the White House regarding Trump's willingness (or lack thereof) to compromise on the issue.
Meanwhile, different people from the same White House are saying different things about what @realDonaldTrump would… https://t.co/k7WWSC4lHe— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1545678047.0
.@realDonaldTrump wanted the #TrumpShutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it.— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1545678048.0
As long as @realDonaldTrump is guided by the House @FreedomCaucus, it’s hard to see how he can come up with a solut… https://t.co/5ttD2QmPuq— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1545678048.0
Americans across the country agreed.
@SenSchumer Trump is trying to burn it all down before the Dems take control of The House & Mueller and the law cat… https://t.co/rn3Nbcjf4L— Kathy Nole (@Kathy Nole)1545677066.0
@SenSchumer @SenateDems He has no clue on what to do except tweet.— Theresa O'Neil (@Theresa O'Neil)1545679850.0
@NancyPelosi @realDonaldTrump @freedomcaucus Nancy for the KO https://t.co/LdhcUASVM2— Impeach the Moron (@Impeach the Moron)1545680253.0
@NancyPelosi @agent_orangutan @realDonaldTrump @freedomcaucus He can’t come up with a solution for anything Nancy.… https://t.co/h3QZ6BmCO9— 🇺🇸💪 🇺🇸💪 (@🇺🇸💪 🇺🇸💪)1545679546.0
@HamillHimself #poorme #TrumpResign #ResignTrump https://t.co/u2s6VFHG5P— Bernie Peace Bird one of the Squad (@Bernie Peace Bird one of the Squad)1545678291.0
Twitter users also gave Pelosi and Schumer a necessary reminder.
Americans stressed to the two lawmakers that acquiescing to Trump's demands is not an option.
@SenSchumer Please don't cave in, Senator— Hilson Valli (@Hilson Valli)1545678264.0
@NancyPelosi @realDonaldTrump @freedomcaucus Keep up the good fight!!— ANOTHERWOKEVET (@ANOTHERWOKEVET)1545679461.0
@SenSchumer @JJohnson2u Do not cave! He owns it...golden boy Mideast peace coordinator should be able to figure this out for him..— Laurie Waller (@Laurie Waller)1545677865.0
@NancyPelosi @MKlave @realDonaldTrump Don’t give him anything, Speaker. NOT ONE THING. If you do, the toddler-in-ch… https://t.co/paMYd8ckal— scjr (@scjr)1545680687.0
@SenSchumer Stand your ground and do not fund this wall or fence. Keep standing your ground.— YW (@YW)1545676927.0
@SenSchumer @SenateDems No wall. No steel slats. No fence. He's alone in this, and the dems must not give in.— Jill 🍷🍁🧡 🐻🏈🐻🧡🍁🍷 (@Jill 🍷🍁🧡 🐻🏈🐻🧡🍁🍷)1545678186.0
As the shutdown drags on, it won't be long before one side is forced to show its hand. Already having passed a continuing resolution that included Trump's original request of $1.6 billion for border security (which he rejected), it doesn't look like the Democrats will be backing down on this issue any time soon.