A little over six hours after the Republican-controlled Congress and Republican-controlled White House shut down their own government, Donald Trump was back on Twitter insisting that the shutdown was a “nice present.”
This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Unfortunately for Trump, few people share his belief that the shutdown is beneficial for his administration or his party. Even several top Republicans concede that the public largely blames their party for the government shutdown.
“This shutdown rests at the feet of the GOP and it appears a majority of Americans agree,” said Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
“Trump created the DACA crisis. The congressional wing of the GOP refused to fund CHIP. Trump & GOP ignored the pleas of the Pentagon for a fully funded budget. All of this is on them,” said Republican strategist John Weaver via Twitter on Saturday morning.
Still, that hasn’t stopped Trump and his allies in Congress from insisting that, despite failing to corral several members of their own caucus, their hand was forced by the minority party. After #TrumpShutdown climbed to the top spot on Twitter’s list of worldwide trending topics, Republicans sought to rebrand it the “Schumer Shutdown,” to no avail.
Even Republicans in Congress, who continue to shirk any responsibility themselves, have expressed their frustration with the White House in the lead up to Saturday’s shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at Donald Trump’s fickle negotiation tactics to reporters earlier this week.
“I’m looking for something that President Trump supports, and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign,” he said. “As soon as we figure out what he is for, then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels.”