Former President Donald Trump, never one to shy away from the political spotlight, took to his Truth Social platform late Sunday evening to weigh in on the impending government shutdown that’s looming at the end of this week. In a characteristically blunt and assertive fashion, Trump didn’t hold back in critiquing the congressional Republicans’ previous efforts to thwart President Biden’s agenda.
“The Republicans lost big on Debt Ceiling, got NOTHING, and now are worried that they will be BLAMED for the Budget Shutdown,” Trump declared, laying the groundwork for his perspective on the unfolding events. “Wrong!!! Whoever is President will be blamed, in this case, Crooked (as Hell!) Joe Biden!” The former president’s not-so-subtle implication here is that he could be a contender for the presidency in 2024.
Trump's Advice for Congressional Republicans: 'Shut It Down'— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 25, 2023
Trump’s assertion seems to be corroborated by an ABC News/Washington Post poll, which found that 40 percent of Americans would primarily point fingers at President Biden and the Democrats in Congress if a government shutdown were to occur, while 33 percent indicated they’d hold congressional Republicans responsible.
In characteristic Trump fashion, he didn’t stop there. On his Truth Social platform, he continued to voice his concerns about the state of the country, saying, “Our Country is being systematically destroyed by the Radical Left Marxists, Fascists, and Thugs – THE DEMOCRATS.” He went on to offer some advice to House Republicans on how to navigate the looming crisis: “UNLESS YOU GET EVERYTHING, SHUT IT DOWN! Close the Border, stop the Weaponization of ‘Justice,’ and End Election Interference – WE MUST HAVE HONEST ELECTIONS.” These remarks are a clear indication that Trump remains deeply committed to the issues that defined his presidency, including border security, law enforcement, and election integrity.
However, Trump’s sharp critique wasn’t confined to the Democrats. He also turned his attention to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), with whom he has had a long and often contentious relationship. Trump didn’t mince words, stating, “It’s time Republicans learned how to fight! Are you listening Mitch McConnell, the weakest, dumbest, and most conflicted ‘Leader’ in U.S. Senate history?” In Trump’s view, McConnell has been too willing to compromise with the Democrats, a stance that Trump and many of his supporters find unacceptable. Trump doubled down on his call for change, asserting, “WE NEED NEW, & REAL, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, NOT A CLONE OF MITCH, & WE NEED IT NOW!!!”
As these political barbs were being exchanged, Congress was in a state of recess on Monday due to Yom Kippur. However, when lawmakers return in full force on Tuesday, they’ll have fewer than 150 hours to reach a resolution before a government shutdown becomes a stark reality. The outlook for this week’s last-minute efforts to avert a shutdown is decidedly pessimistic, as multiple attempts to pass the rules necessary for debating spending bills in the House failed over the weekend at the hands of Republicans.
Trump’s vocal and unapologetic stance on these issues further underscores the deep divisions within the Republican Party, with establishment figures like McConnell facing pushback from more populist and conservative factions, of which Trump remains a central figure. As the clock continues to tick down toward the government shutdown deadline, the question of who will ultimately bear the blame remains a contentious and politically charged one, with former President Trump making it clear where he stands on the matter.
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