President Trump Can’t Stop Lying About His Government Shutdown

We’ve now entered the third week of the partial federal government shutdown, and much of the nation is feeling the impact. National parks, which have been without any sort of services for weeks, are filthy and mostly unusable. Furloughed employees are running out of time to make mortgages and pay other bills, with no idea when their next paychecks may come.  The Internal Revenue Service is heading into tax time with many of its workers deemed non-essential. And federal aid programs like SNAP may not make it out on time if the problem isn’t resolved.

In other words, the most vulnerable of Americans are at risk of literally starving because President Donald Trump wants a $5 billion border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The worst part, even, is that the president continues to live in a fantasy world where he believes holding the entire country hostage to get his childish victory is a completely reasonable business tactic. And to justify his decision, he’s telling quite a few lies in the process.

Probably the biggest falsehood President Trump keeps spreading is the idea that it is federal employees who are the most in favor of a government shutdown. The president repeatedly claims that federal workers overwhelmingly want a wall on the Mexican border — and that they are more than willing to lose wages to make that happen.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

During an hourlong press conference in the Rose Garden, Trump was asked if he expects federal workers to remain with the government after forgoing paychecks for a long stretch. “If we have to stay out for a very long period of time, we’re going to do that,” Trump said. “And many of those people, maybe even most of those people that really have not been and will not be getting their money in at this moment, those people in many cases are the biggest fans of what we are doing.”

Of course, the reality is far different from the news apparently flitting through President Trump’s inner circle of yes men. Recent polling shows the exact opposite of the commander in chief’s claims, with workers overwhelmingly opposing the proposed border wall.

According to the GovExec website:

More than seven in 10 federal employees oppose the current partial government shutdown, though some civil servants support President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border so strongly they are willing to see agencies shutter. About 71 percent of federal workers oppose the shutdown—which crawled into its 10th day on Monday—according to a new survey by Government Business Council and GovExec.com, while 22 percent support it. Nine in 10 of those supporting the shutdown do so because they support Trump’s fight for wall funding, though a small handful feel so opposed to the wall that they want agencies to close in order to block the wall from being built.

But that’s not the only pretend support that he’s telling the press about. According to President Trump, “former presidents” wish they’d built a wall while they were in office, too. Yet all former presidents’ representatives were quick to say this never happened.

Vanity Fair reports:

[President Bill] Clinton spokesperson Angel Ureña explicitly refuted the president’s assertion, adding that the two men have “not talked since the inauguration.” [President George W.] Bush representative Freddy Ford said the wall has never been discussed between the two. Former president George H.W. Bush died in November, though it is seen as unlikely he and Trump had any significant discussion of a wall. Trump has famously kept his distance from the Bush family in the wake of past comments and a 2016 presidential campaign rivalry with Jeb Bush. Trump did not attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in April.

Spokespeople for former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter didn’t respond, but neither Democrat really strikes anyone as a “seal the borders” anti-immigration zealot.

President Trump has lied about having the support of furloughed government workers. He’s lied about having the admiration of former presidents for his obstinate stand. He falsely claims that the shutdown is “the Democrats’ fault,” and even insists that “much of the wall has already been fully renovated or built.”

But the simple truth is that the government is closed because one spoiled man doesn’t like to be told no, and his entire party is far to frightened of him to stand up to him. And no matter how much President Trump tries to obfuscate that fact, the truth is always going to shine through.

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67 comments

Susanne R
Susanne R6 months ago

Sarah Hill - Please read the following excerpt from an article that recently appeared in "Vox":

"What Pelosi is saying is that Trump doesn't get to shut down the government as a way to fulfill a campaign promise - especially one that carries the baggage of his anti-immigration platform. That's where Trump and Republicans misunderstand Pelosi and Democrats' position on the government shutdown and border wall fight. On Friday, Trump told reporters that Democrats can call the wall whatever they like, as long as they give him the money to build it.

“This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and to vote for money for the wall, the barrier, whatever you want to call it is okay with me," Trump said. “They can name it whatever they [want]. Name it 'peaches.'"

But semantics are not the same as symbolism. As long as Trump’s "wall" - the campaign rallying cry - is the centerpiece of the White House's border security demand, don't expect Democrats to engage."

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill6 months ago

Tell the Democrats to do their jobs and come to the negotiation table! Make a deal! The way negotiations work is you give something to get something. Both sides win.

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JinnySITEISSUES L
JinnySITEISSUES L6 months ago

Trump and his administration already have their wall....The "Wall" of Deceit. Thanks for sharing.

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Susanne R
Susanne R6 months ago

Kay B. - (Continued...)
Trump's "sample" walls, even the steel ones, can be cut apart with tools from your local hardware store. Trump took a relatively well-controlled problem and turned it into a major divisive issue because he needs to distract us from his misdeeds --which are many-- and which will soon be exposed to the public. His days are numbered, and the majority of Americans can't wait until he gets what he deserves.

Here's a bit of reading material for you, from FOX NEWS, that might help convince you that the wall would cost dozens of times what trump is telling us and that we don't really need one.

TITLE: Trump's border wall -- how much it will actually cost according to a statistician
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trumps-border-wall-how-much-it-will-actually-cost-according-to-a-statistician

Finally, why is it that our Canadian neighbors know more about what's going on in this country than some American citizens do?

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Susanne R
Susanne R6 months ago

Kay B. - Sources, please? I'm afraid you've been taken in by a liar who's been influenced by some third-rate talk show hosts, con artists, and rapid-fire book writers (Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, etc.) who stand to benefit from trump's ill-advised actions. There is no crisis at the border --except for the one trump created. Even the people who live on the border will tell you that. Limbaugh is looking for a topic with which to divide the country and scream about on his radio show in an effort to drum up some fans and sponsors (who have left in droves), and Coulter, ever hateful and vindictive, is always looking for a new subject to write about. Aren't you familiar with these horrible people? And ANYONE associated with Fox can influence trump because he doesn't know what he's doing. Unfortunately for him, journalists such as Chris Wallace and Shep Smith are no longer exchanging their integrity for ratings. They're asking the right questions and telling it like it is. He's being cornered like a wild animal by Mueller, Cohen, the media, and his countless lies, which are coming back to haunt him. His distractions have worked in the past because he has a fan base (the clueless people in the MAGA hats who cheer any time he opens his mouth, no matter what stupid thing comes out of it).

Check the facts. More drugs are coming in through legal points of entry than through other sources. Trump's "sample" walls, even the steel ones, can be cut apa

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Mary B
Mary B6 months ago

Take heart people. The group wanting to impeach trump have already found 10 impeachable offences and they will be doing town hall meetings around the country to explain the impeachment process and what to expect from it. The newly elected progressives are working on bills to get the government up again with out being extorted into giving in to funding any part of this wall. And personally, I think we need to consider decommissioning any part of the existing wall since according to law enforcement sources all the reasons for having a wall in the first place are not proven according to their data. The more I learn about this, the more I realize what a pile of misinformation, scare tactics and lies. We need rules and regulations, but a wall? NO. We need personnel to help with the needs of very poor and desperate
people RIGHT NOW. But, ultimately a wall is mullti million dollar way to waste money and create ill will.

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Christine Stewart
Christine Stewart6 months ago

thanks

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Chad A
Chad A6 months ago

Thank you.

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman6 months ago

HOW THE H--- DOES A SHAM, ILLEGAL PRESIDENT GET TO MAKE DECISIONS IN THE USA LIKE THIS!!!!!!! IT WILL BE SHOWN HE DID NOT NOT WIN THE 2016 ELECTION ON HIS OWN!!! SO, WHY WHY WHY IS HE ALLOWED TO WOUND OUR COUNTRYMEN
LIKE THIS AS HE US DOING NOW!!! HAVE WE NO POWER AGAINST THIS CORRUPT THUG AT ALL?????

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E6 months ago

@ kay b
Even we Canadians KNOW that trump was offered a clean bill last month that BOTH houses agreed to until your real government, Hannity, coulter, Limbaugh, sanders, pence , Carlson ,Conway and all the other extreme right wankers got his attention and let him know he would look foolish IF he gave in.
We ALL know he looks foolish no matter what..
BTW just over 5 billion was / just a down payment if you do some research.

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