Tag Archives: Trump’s wall

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Flashback: Trump on the Efficacy of Walls as Barriers

“Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”

— Donald Trump, in a 2004 video clip aired on the Daily Show.

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Republicans Breaking Ranks with Trump Over ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

“If this is a crisis, the people dealing with this crisis should get paid.”

— Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), in an interview on CNN, calling for an end to the government shutdown.

Poetic Justice

Crisis of Consciousness

Trump’s Oval Office address, as a ploy, was bold,
Though he looked low-energy, constipated and old.
The language was Stephen Miller’s,
And the rhetoric was killer —
But really, Trump’s actually having a “crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul?”

Enumerati

Democrats Got Higher TV Rating than Trump’s Address

4%

“President Trump’s televised Oval Office address on immigration Tuesday drew a big audience. The response from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer drew a slightly bigger audience, at least according to preliminary figures,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The quarter hour (9-9:15 p.m. ET) containing the president’s speech drew a combined 28.1 household rating in metered markets on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and NBC. The following 15 minutes, including analysis and the Pelosi-Schumer rebuttal, averaged 29.3 across those same networks, a bump of about 4 percent.”

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Top Republican Opposes Using Military Funds for Trump’s Wall

“In short, I’m opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes.”

— Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, telling Defense News that declaring a national emergency and using military dollars for President Trump’s border wall would be “damaging” to military readiness.

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Murkowski Wants to Reopen Government

“I am one who is amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law — whether it’s the Department of Interior or the IRS. I’d like to see that.”

— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), joining calls today to reopen the rest of the federal government before the funding fight over the border wall is resolved, CNN reports.

Enumerati

Every Lawmaker from a Border District Rejects Trump’s Wall

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CBS News: “Eight congressional representatives serve the districts that line the 2,000-mile southern border. They are men, women, freshman politicians and Washington veterans. The Democrats among them span liberal ideologies, while one of them is a Republican. … But they all have one thing in common: each is against President Trump’s border wall.”

Enumerati

Support for Trump’s Wall Dwindles as Trump’s Shutdown Continues

35%

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that only 35% of American adults support a congressional spending bill that includes funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall and only 25% support Trump’s decision to keep the government closed until Congress approves funding for the wall.

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Carter: I Never Discussed Wall with Trump

“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue.”

— Former President Carter, becoming the latest former president to deny telling President Trump that he regrets not building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, The Hill reports. Trump last week claimed former presidents have discussed the subject with him.

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Congress Stands Up to Trump, Kind of

“No, it’s not oversight hearings into…well…anything. And it’s certainly not a subpoena, legislation to protect the Mueller investigation or the rejection of his Supreme Court nominee. … But the GOP congressional leadership’s decision last week not to give Donald Trump the $5 billion he wants for a wall between the United States and Mexico before the election and then to make it much harder for him to veto the legislation that codifies that decision was the closest House and Senate Republicans have come since Trump was elected to publicly giving him their collective middle finger.”

Stan Collender