Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats thought they had Donald Trump over a barrel.
Democrats believed they were on the verge of a victory that would end Donald Trump’s Presidency.
But then Trump slapped Nancy Pelosi with this nasty surprise that just ruined her life.
The government shutdown is now in its fifth week,
Pelosi and Congressional Democrats figured they were in the catbird seat because some public opinion polls showed the American people blamed the Democrats more than President Trump and the Republicans for the government shutdown.
The fake news relentlessly promoted the idea that it was Trump – and not the Democrats – that was unwilling to deal.
In truth, the Democrats shut down the government because they refuse to provide any votes – and with the Democrats controlling the House and holding enough seats to filibuster border wall spending their votes are necessary – to pass legislation that funds the government as well as Trump’s promised border wall.
Trump sought to cut through the fake news misinformation by proposing a compromise.
The President reasonably believed that Democrats had voted for nearly 700 miles of border wall in 2006 so another 200 miles to finish the job was not too much to ask.
President Trump proposed a deal that would provide him $5.7 billion in border wall and border security funding.
In addition to the wall money, this agreement would include money for drug detection technology at ports of entry as well as hiring 75 new immigration judges to help speed up deportation and asylum hearings.
Trump’s give back to the Democrats was a three-year extension of Obama’s DACA program – but no amnesty or pathway to citizenship – and protections for aliens living in the United States because of natural disasters in their home countries.
The President’s supporters backed the deal.
Mark Krikorian – the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies and who is also a hawk on the border – voiced support for Trump’s proposal.
“I hate to disappoint, but (assuming the details are what the president laid out) this is not a terrible deal. No expansion of amnesty for illegals who don’t already have it in exch. for more imm. judges, more agents, more tech, more wall. But I’ll wait to see the actual language,” Krikorian tweeted.
Everything in this deal – including the wall funding – was legislative items Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer supported in the past.
Democrats rejected the offer out of hand even before Trump delivered a speech from the White House proposing the compromise to end the shutdown.
Pelosi blasted a statement claiming, “ Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives. It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.”
But there was bad news for Pelosi.
Even the Speaker’s allies in the fake news media backed Trump’s proposal.
The Washington Post published an editorial chiding the Democrats for refusing to meet President Trump halfway and agree to compromise.
“Mr. Trump’s offer should be welcomed but not accepted as the final word. There should be room to talk about the amount of money; how border security will be defined and enhanced; which categories of dreamers and TPS beneficiaries are covered; what their legal status will be, and for how long. But to refuse even to talk until the government reopens does no favors to sidelined federal workers and contractors.”
Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats are beginning to see the worm turn on the government shutdown.
President Trump proposed a good faith offer to fund the wall, secure the border and compromise with the Democrats on some aspects of his immigration agenda.
Pelosi rejecting the deal will only show the American people that the Democrats are shutting down the government because they hate President Trump.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.