After the barely coherent, and goddamn terrifying, transcript of Donald Trump’s AP interview blasted its way across the internet Sunday night into Monday morning, it became increasingly clear that Trump isn’t going to cause a government shutdown if his border wall wasn’t funded by American tax dollars. Which means that not only was Donald Trump failing to make Mexico pay for the wall – like he promised every white idiot who pretended the 2016 election was about coal jobs and not blatant racism – but he isn’t even willing to fight for the damn thing.
And apparently that news must’ve made it to Fox & Friends because Trump took to Twitter in the wee hours to froth at the mouth that his wall was still happening.
….the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!#BuildTheWall
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2017
Except like most things that come out of Trump’s mouth, it was tanned horseshit. Because hours later, he was already capitulating to Democrats and backing away from holding people’s health care coverage hostage in exchange for not having a government shutdown on his watch. Art of the Deal!
From NBC News:
Trump’s insistence on funding for a border wall in this bill was largely unpopular on Capitol Hill among both Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats said that they would not support any bill that includes money for a border wall.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Appropriations Committee, had earlier cautioned the president against forcing Congress’ hand on an issue so politically toxic at a time where Republicans are eager to show competency in running the government.
“If you can make this about better border security, the president’s in good shape,” Graham said. “If he wants a 2,200 mile wall, I don’t think he’s going to get the votes to support that.”
Democrats acknowledged that they’ll support additional funds for border security, as long as it doesn’t go specifically to building a wall.
As it stands, funding for Trump’s border wall (with U.S. tax dollars because Mexico isn’t paying for it) will be revisited in the fall. But go ahead and file that next to Repealing Obamacare in “Things Donald Trump Couldn’t Get Done With A GOP-Controlled House And Senate Because He’s A Shit-Awful Negotiator Who Should’ve Never Been President.”