There’s been a battle of the hashtags on Twitter this week between #SchumerShutdown and #TrumpShutdown. Now that the shutdown is actually here, though, not even The New York Times or the AP has been able to spin things any other way than Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open.
Psst. Did you see these headlines, Senate Dems?
Bloomberg: “Shutdown Starts As Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan”
NYT: “Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms”
AP: “Senate Democrats Derail Bill To Avert Shutdown”
— GOP (@GOP) January 21, 2018
Part of the argument behind #TrumpShutdown was that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, so how could Democrats possibly be responsible for a shutdown? Sen. Patrick Leahy floated that one earlier this week:
Republicans control the House, they control the Senate & they control the presidency. The government stays open if they want it to stay open, and it shuts down if they want it to shut down. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road & time to start negotiating in good faith.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 19, 2018
You’d think someone who’s been in the Senate since 1975 would know how things work there. As Twitchy reported, even CNN’s Jim Acosta played dumb at a press briefing to advance the Democrats’ narrative.
"How can it be the Schumer shutdown when Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate?" @Acosta asks
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) January 19, 2018
Amy Siskind gave it a shot too:
Who said the Universe doesn’t have a sense of humor: to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Trump, our country will make history by shutting down our government while the same party controls the House, Senate and White House.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) January 20, 2018
That’s Thursday and Friday covered. Up to bat on Saturday was Sally Kohn. Let’s see how she fares.
When your party controls the White House and both houses of Congress, your party owns the shutdown. #TrumpShutdown
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 20, 2018
As they say in the south "bless your heart". https://t.co/7GRAjCTvJV
— A Conservative (@thomasnschmaus) January 20, 2018
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. https://t.co/mQZx5YdH8J
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) January 20, 2018
And this kids is what we call, imagining shit. https://t.co/ve0xUqMVex
— trainwreck (@DLR_JD2020) January 21, 2018
What a wonderful little world you’ve created. All in your mind. https://t.co/0CawLNyVhb
— Courtney Kirchoff (@Courtneyscoffs) January 20, 2018
Either you know this is untrue and you're a liar, or you don't and you're unqualified for your job. https://t.co/PNlYtWsEjn
— killmaven (@Killmaven) January 21, 2018
— LiberativePrime (on GAB) (@ShawnMCron) January 20, 2018
Are you unaware that appropriations bills require 60 votes or are you being intentionally misleading? https://t.co/cCHCyXexxl
— parabellum #🚁🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@e30ben) January 20, 2018
This comment either comes from an ignorant person that doesn't understand how Congress works or she just can’t handle reality. https://t.co/IoNbyOsVvy
— Truly Bear 🐻 (@FilaBrasil) January 20, 2018
— Pixie SS ☕️ (@pixiejss) January 20, 2018
PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT: Having the majority is NOT the same thing as being able to reach the necessary 60. **51 may be a majority but is not enough to resist the Dems' shutdown.** So stop the deception and lies. https://t.co/JsZHWbUToO
— Rachel Hall (@realrachelhall) January 20, 2018
Another Liberal pundit that:
A) doesn't know 50<60
B) feeds her viewers raw meat to devour
C) didn't pass 8th grade Civics
D) is lazy and doesn't care https://t.co/HFqgq8fxhz
— Jay Legend (@JayBelize23) January 20, 2018
Oh, she knows.
When you have 9 Senators in the opposing party that won't agree with the two chambers, they own the shutdown. Nice try though. https://t.co/zuMnlALv4n
— Darren Richnafsky (@Darren_R66) January 20, 2018
— Brother3 (@Brother3R) January 20, 2018
Actually, what it means is that voters will likely provide a super majority to protect against this exact scenario in 2019. #NoMoreDemocrats but sure, lets call it a #TrumpShutdown 😂 https://t.co/KFTVvkraHw
— Dennis (@TrydecafCoffey) January 20, 2018
When your party comes to the table with only demands and all of them are not met, you are operating in bad faith, making negotiation impossible. All Dem demands were met with the exception of amnesty without security.
PS– needed 60 votes https://t.co/ZytocnOJi9
— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) January 20, 2018