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Local president who said ‘I will be the one to shut’ government down is now blaming Democrats

"If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time."

Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office of the White House on December 11, 2018. (Screengrab/NBC News)
Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office of the White House on December 11, 2018. (Screengrab/NBC News)

President Donald Trump is having second thoughts about taking responsibility for shutting down the government over his proposed border wall.

Just 10 days ago, Trump declared “I will be the one to shut it down, I am not going to blame you for it.” He made the bombastic statement to Democratic leadership in the Oval Office after being told he wouldn’t receive the $5 billion in funding he wants for his wall.

The president appeared to finally accept this earlier in the week, when the White House signaled that wall funding was no longer required to reach a deal on funding the government past Friday.

But following backlash from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter, Trump suddenly changed his tune.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Thursday the president would not sign the continuing resolution that passed the Senate with the endorsement of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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Trump later that day claimed “Democrats know” his border wall is needed and “they want to try and do anything possible to hurt us, because of the fact it’s politics.”

On Friday, the president started his morning by sending 10 tweets about his desired wall in a span of around 75 minutes that insisted Democrats would actually be responsible for a government shutdown that he bragged about a week and a half ago.

The president kicked things off by tweeting “it will be a Democrat shutdown!” if the $5.7 billion in wall funding that the House passed on Thursday night doesn’t also clear the Senate.

Trump then advocated for his wall — which he promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for — by tweeting, “I know tech better than anyone.”

He then threatened that “there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time” if Democrats don’t support his wall.

Trump even appeared excited about a potential shutdown that would jeopardize funding for the Transportation, Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Commerce Departments — among many other government agencies.

He also bizarrely claimed that former President Ronald Reagan “tried for 8 years to build a Border Wall.”

Finally, the president capped things off by urging Republicans to use the “Nuclear Option” and end the filibuster in the Senate. That idea was quickly shot down by retiring Republican senators.

All 10 of Trump’s tweets were sent in the space of little more than an hour — between 6:50 and 8:08 a.m. ET on Friday.

The president  has claimed that his border wall is already under construction, even though it is not.

Over a third of the roughly 3,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico already contains fencing or similar barriers. Trump’s proposed wall would “add about 350 miles of fencing to an existing 654-mile border wall; even if the project were completed, about 1,000 miles along the border would still have no physical barrier.”

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Numerous studies have shown that increased border enforcement — like walls — are not a deterrent to crossings. Apprehensions by border control, which are used to assess overall attempted crossings, are at a historic low and have been in steady decline since 2000.

The president may view this as his last shot at securing his long-promised border wall since the new Democratic-led House will be seated on January 3.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — the presumed next House Speaker — recently told reporters that “The wall is not about money. The wall is about morality. It’s the wrong thing to do. It doesn’t work. It’s not effective. It’s the wrong thing to do and it’s a waste of money.”

Trump again tried to blame Democrats for a potential government shutdown later on Friday morning even though Republicans still control the White House and both chambers of Congress.