Donald Trump came out of the midterm election with a mandate.
The American people elected more Republicans to the Senate to stop the migrant caravan.
And then Chuck Schumer lost his mind when Trump revealed how he planned to cut off any more caravans’ entry in the United States.
Donald Trump Demands Funding for the Border Wall
At a post-election press conference, Trump made it clear he will demand Congress fund the border wall when the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding on December 7th.
He said he wants “money to build the wall, the whole wall, not pieces of it.”
Mitch McConnell floated the idea of providing five billion dollars worth of funding in the Homeland Security bill.
But Trump knows if he only gets five billion in December then he will never see another dime of wall funding.
That’s because the Democrats take over the House in January.
And Nancy Pelosi promised to block any funding for Trump’s border wall.
That doesn’t mean Trump is out of options.
He still has one more card he can play.
Trump can force a partial government shutdown by vetoing any bill that does not fully fund the wall.
Reporters asked Trump about a possible shutdown.
“I speak to Democrats all the time. They agree that a wall is necessary,” Trump responded. “I can’t commit to that but it’s possible.”
Republicans freak out over talk of a government shutdown.
McConnell already started freaking out.
“75 percent of the government got funded before the end of September and we all know we need to work together here at the end to finish that up. So we’re going to do the best we can to achieve the president’s priorities. And hopefully we won’t be headed down that path,” the Senate Majority Leader declared.
A Government Shutdown Hurts the Democrats
Republicans claim a shutdown benefits Democrats.
The opposite is true.
Republicans gained nine Senate seats in 2014 after conservatives forced a 16-day shutdown over defunding Obamacare.
Chuck Schumer is the one worried.
In 2020, Democrats want to win back the Senate.
They think the map provides them a strong chance.
Republicans must defend 21 seats compared to the Democrats’ 12.
Democrats see pickup opportunities in Colorado, Maine, Iowa, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Establishment Republicans – as well as Schumer and the fake news media – think a shutdown would hand the Democrats the Senate because it is a Presidential year.
They believe women and minorities are more likely to turn out in 2020 than the midterm election where the Democrats lost all those seats.
But these exact same seats were up in 1996.
In 1995 the Republicans shut down the government twice.
But in the 1996 election, the GOP gained two Senate seats.
Shutdowns help Republicans.
If Trump shuts down the government to win funding for the border wall the GOP will pick up seats in 2020.
And not only will the border wall help the Republicans politically, but it will also help stem the flow of illegal alien caravans.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.