If President Donald Trump’s goal in laying out a grand compromise to end the ongoing government shutdown had been to show the world that congressional Democrats are a bunch of stubborn, arrogant, intransigent jackasses, then it appears he’s succeeded with flying colors.
So just how stubborn and intransigent are they? So much so that their head honcho, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, prematurely rejected the compromise before the president even presented it.
In a statement published to Twitter moments before Trump’s compromise speech began Saturday afternoon, Pelosi flat-out said the deal was a no-go.
“Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives,” she said.
Democrats were hopeful that @realDonaldTrump was finally willing to re-open government & proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border. Unfortunately, reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of previously rejected initiatives. https://t.co/MFwebWSevG pic.twitter.com/yMTm4iP27h
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
She wasn’t the only one to prematurely reject Trump’s deal.
Here’s what Sen. Richard Blumental tweeted at 3:19 pm:
The real path forward is simple: McConnell must permit votes & passage of bills to fund & reopen the government, Trump must sign. Then we must move forward on border security—we all agree it’s vital, but not a wasteful, abhorrent wall, sea to shining sea.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) January 19, 2019
And here’s what Sen. Dick Durbin tweeted at 2:39 pm:
My response to reported White House offer to end President Trump’s government shutdown in exchange for the border wall and DACA: pic.twitter.com/WhsJgRNW56
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 19, 2019
Their congressional peers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, at least had the decency to wait until after Trump’s speech to deliver their rejections.
With his statement on the #TrumpShutdown, it’s clear President @realDonaldTrump realizes that by closing the government and hurting so many American workers and their families, he has put himself and the country in an untenable position. pic.twitter.com/u1XsWb4KBt
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 19, 2019
This Administration has been playing political games using federal workers as pawns – and innocent families are now paying the price. I agree that we need to reform our broken immigration system, but we can have that debate after we reopen the government.
— Senator Jacky Rosen (@SenJackyRosen) January 20, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of hardworking American’s livelihoods are being held hostage by Donald Trump’s ridiculous demands for billions in wall funding, and this supposed “offer” does nothing to change that.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 20, 2019
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 19, 2019
The only thing we learned from Trump’s announcement is that in addition to holding 800,000 federal workers hostage, he’s now using thousands of Dreamers and immigrant families as bargaining chips to fulfill a campaign promise and waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a wall.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) January 20, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump there is one way to end this shutdown: re-open the government. Once that happens, we can have serious and substantive discussions about securing our borders and fixing our broken immigration system.
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) January 20, 2019
Hostage-taking is not governing.@realDonaldTrump needs to reopen the government, then we can consider responsible solutions to bolster border security. #Democrats support sensible border security measures.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 19, 2019
The President must reopen the government immediately and work with Congress to find a commonsense, bipartisan agreement to address our homeland security needs.
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) January 19, 2019
If @POTUS is serious about fixing our broken immigration system, he should reopen the government, and then engage in an open, bipartisan discussion about real immigration reform. 1/2
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) January 19, 2019
President Trump must end the shutdown he created and open the government. Once the government is reopened, Democrats and Republicans can talk about a range of ways to secure the border and reform our immigration system.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) January 19, 2019
The consensus among the Democrats is clear, no matter the timing: They have no interest in negotiating anything. It’s either their way or the highway. Sounds mature.
The irony is that they sound as stubborn and intransigent as the immigration hardliners among Trump’s base whom they often accuse of being “radical.” These allegedly “radical” hard liners have also rejected on the deal, albeit on the basis that it offers the Democrats too much.
Listen to the relevant portion of the president’s grand compromise speech below:
The deal would specifically give the Democrats three years of protection for DACA and TPS recipients in addition to $800 in funding for humanitarian assistance. All this would be provided in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Sounds fair, right?
Not to “radical” immigration hardliners. And wouldn’t you know it, the allegedly moderate, sensible and open-minded Democrats agree with the hardliners. So who’s really radical, huh?
By being so intransigent, the Democrats may have inadvertently acted exactly as the president had hoped they would, according to some social media users:
@SpeakerPelosi all but said she’d refuse his deal, before he even spoke. And personally, I think @realDonaldTrump already knew they would. He’s calling their bluff and putting it on display for all Americans to see
— Nebraska Bred (@Nebraska_bRED27) January 19, 2019
President Trump KNEW they’d reject it. Now he’ll move on to military building the wall. Screw the dems. It was a bone he threw out to show RINOs and Dem politicians DO NOT CARE, FOR ALL TOO SEE.
— Todd bob, but just call me toddbob. (@toddbob1) January 20, 2019
Honestly this was a genius move on Trump’s part because he knew they’d reject the offer, thus showing the country that democrats don’t actually give a flip about these people.https://t.co/QwyfbM590Q
— That Dude (@thedustprince) January 20, 2019
Trump knew he could put everything the Dems wanted on the table and they’d reject him. Now the world knows. Dems haven’t any love for DACA. Furloughed fed emp. Or. Americans. Only love for illegals who will vote Dem ticket, illegally of course.
— Michelle K (@ellabella_007_) January 20, 2019
Brilliant move to offer amnesty. Knew Dems so stubborn, hateful, they’d reject what they’ve always claimed they had to have.
— Leslie Scheper (@LeslieScheper) January 20, 2019
They are like puppets the way Trump is able to manipulate them. He knew they’d reject anything he proposed.
— Jeff T (@JAT1967) January 19, 2019
Save your breath speculating about how much more Trump would give in the shutdown negotiation and anger his supporters.
He knew they’d reject it. It was just a chess move.
On to the national emergency.
— Alex Hamilton ?? (@alexhamilton74) January 19, 2019
And if this had indeed been Trump’s goal, then kudos to him, because it seemingly worked, all thanks to the impatient intransigence of Democrats like Nancy “Quick Fingers” Pelosi.
Well played, Mr. President.