The federal government’s shutdown has affected thousands of government workers who are being furloughed and has sent a clear signal to the rest of the world how dysfunctional former reality TV star Donald Trump’s presidency really is.
Nonetheless, the president and his allies have been acting as though the shutdown were somehow just a big game. During an appearance on Fox News, Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney was confronted by anchor Chris Wallace over how hypocritical his and other Republicans’ attitude toward the shutdown is.
Taking clear cues from the current president, Mulvaney recently told Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity, with all the maturity of a middle school boy, “Obviously, I’m heavily involved in this, Sean, is that the Office of Management and Budget is charged with, you know, sort of implementing running a shutdown. I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts down the government down is me, which is kind of cool.” First Son Eric Trump has also made flip statements about the shutdown, and has been spinning it as a positive, telling Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, “Honestly, I think it’s a good thing for us. People see through it. I mean, people have seen a year that’s incredible. It’s been filled with nothing but the best for our country, ‘America First’ policies, and they’re happy with where we are as a nation.”
Thankfully, at least Fox News’ Chris Wallace was credible enough to push back at the Trump circle’s idiotic approach to failing to run the federal government and how they have faulted Democrats for the shutdown. On his program, Wallace brought up how Republicans like Mulvaney blamed then-President Obama for the 2013 shutdown despite the fact that Republicans started it. Inquired Chris, “If President Obama was responsible then… isn’t President Trump responsible now?” Mulvaney responded by alleging that “two presidents have acted” much differently during the two shutdowns, saying, I will look you in the eye and tell you President Obama wanted that shutdown and he wanted to weaponize it. This president has worked really hard to prevent the shutdown.” Pressed Wallace, “He didn’t have a bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders yesterday. Does he have one on the schedule today?” Mulvaney then claimed, “I don’t think anybody can say that this president wants this shutdown. You could not say the same thing about President Obama.” Shot back the Fox News anchor, “You blame Democrats. But back in 2013, you supported holding the government hostage on this question of Obamacare. Why was that legitimate then — the right reason to have a fight — but it’s not legitimate now.” Are you glad at least one person on Fox News was critical of Trump and Republicans’ role in the shutdown? Watch the full discussion below: