President Donald Trump assailed Democrats in a tweet earlier today and claimed, without offering any evidence, that “most of the people not getting paid” during the current government shutdown are Democrats.
Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border. Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country. Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2018
This prompted many to make the same joke.
Trump today: "Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?"
If they weren't before, they surely are now
— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 27, 2018
Trump now claims most furloughed workers 'are Democrats'. Technically he's not wrong. If they weren't democrats before they might be after they miss a paycheck or two.
— Emotionally Mature Gambino (@AdamWolf77) December 27, 2018
If they weren’t Dems before, they probably are now. A senseless shutdown does that.
— Al Lyon (@AlLyon3) December 27, 2018
Well, they're Democrats now whatever they were before.
— Lorna Brookins (@pemberly54) December 27, 2018
If they weren't before, they are now.
— Frank Leone (@DemRulz) December 27, 2018
"Most of the people not getting paid are Democrats," As usual, a statement pulled out of a hat with no data to support it. And if they weren't Democrats before, they may well be now!
— Marilynn Larkin (@MarilynnL) December 27, 2018
Others said the president’s tweet implied he wanted the shutdown to target Democrats directly.
— Rob Bruce (@popculturizm) December 27, 2018
There it is, ladies and gentlemen, Drumpf believes that federal employees are all Democrats and therefore are worthy to punish.
— Jaime (@jaimejr66) December 27, 2018
The president, who declined to sign a stopgap funding bill that would have prevented a government shutdown unless Congress allocate funds for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, made the comment just a day after he claimed, also without offering any evidence, that “Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, ‘stay out until you get the funding for the wall.”
“These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats,” the president added. I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open. It’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it. It’s a disgrace what’s happening in this country. But other than that, I wish everybody a merry Christmas.”
President Trump: "Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, 'Stay out until you get the funding for the wall.' These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats because they don't mind open borders." https://t.co/CLtbYkaxrA pic.twitter.com/GDGJjmRf7N
— The Hill (@thehill) December 25, 2018