Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager, has urged supporters to send actual bricks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as the government shutdown—spurred on by the president’s refusal to sign a stopgap funding bill because he disagreed with Congress’s decision not to provide his requested funding for his proposed border wall—continues.
The news went out in both text and email blasts.
Parscale’s message prompted many to not only remind him that research has shown that an actual wall would not be an effective way to address border security problems, but wonder if he was actually threatening the two politicians.
Concerns about violence are not unfounded. In October 2018, federal authorities apprehended Cesar Sayoc after he sent 13 improvised explosive devices to high-profile Democrats and media organizations that had criticized the president. The president, who has repeatedly railed against the press, tore into the media in a late-night tweet for allegedly “blaming” him for the attempted attacks.
Parscale’s tweet has been criticized as another attempt by Republicans to absolve the president of any blame for the shutdown which last week became the longest in U.S. history.
Earlier today, the Republican National Committee attempted to blame the government shutdown on Democrats, alleging that Pelosi and Schumer had “ignored the facts” and accused the president of using a “manufactured crisis” to drum up support for the wall’s construction.
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