The government has been partially shut down for almost two weeks since President Donald Trump declined to sign a stopgap funding bill that would have avoided a shutdown because he disagreed with the decision of Congress not to provide the funding he’d demanded for his proposed wall along the U.S-Mexico border. If you asked the president, however, you’d learn that he believes the shutdown is a ploy to ruin his chances at re-election in 2020.
“The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 President Election,” Trump wrote, in part, suggesting that Democrats are “going all out” in their campaigns against him and his policies.
Oh, and why did the president place his own name in quotation marks?
The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of “Trump,” so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security – and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2019
People have theories, none of them particularly flattering for a president who courts controversy on a daily basis.
Why dubious "air quotes" around your name, "Trump"? Has your addled mind drifted so far from reality, you don't even believe in your self's existence anymore? Yes, it probably has. But don't fret re: 2020. You'll be watching Dems win BIGLY from behind bars. #TrumpMustGo https://t.co/NSgXQugdmw
— Karen Wormald (@CatsWorking) January 3, 2019
You even know your own name is a fraud, hence the quotes around "Trump".
You should start using quotes around "President" and "American" too. You're NEITHER.
— Rick 🐎 Stable-ist Genius 🎓 Lutz (@rickathy227) January 3, 2019
Why do you put your name in quotations #Trump . I mean I do air quotes when talking about you as "President", but you doing air quotes around your own name is just weird.
— Erica Ravenwood (@RavenwoodErica) January 3, 2019
The quotes should be around “achievements” though it’s amusing that you put them around your own name since the whole world is 🤔what exactly “Trump” is. Is it human, is it Putin’s puppet, or is it just a clown in orange makeup? #trumpshutdown is a farce and you look foolish!
— Thoughtful American (@thoughtfulAmer) January 3, 2019
Are you putting your own name in quotes because even YOU can’t say achievements and Trump in the same sentence without gagging?!
— Parveen Grewal (@GrewalParveen71) January 3, 2019
The shutdown is the fourth longest in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight, despite assurances from Democrats that they will pass funding bills as soon as they take office. The inauguration of the 116th Congress today marks the first time ever that a federal shutdown will extend into two different Congresses.
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.
Presumptive House Speaker Pelosi “has zero desire to acquiesce to the President during her first hours with a gavel in hand, only solidifying the position of the Democrats against additional funding,” according to CNN, and it is unlikely either Democrats or Republicans will move to compromise unless they have an incentive to do so.