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July 30, 2018

Donald Trump: I Might Just Shut Down the Government if I Don't Get Funding for the Wall, an End to Catch and Release, an End to Sanctuary Cities, and a Change to Merit-Based Immigration



The obvious first take is that this is dangerous, people who shut down the government always lose in the court of public opinion, etc.

However, this is an interesting little dynamic. Republicans always lose to Democrats on shutdowns.

But what about a Republican president versus a Republican Congress? While Trump names "Democrats" here, it is in fact weak-sister Republicans in the House and especially the Senate who resist these measures while conning their voters into believing they actually support them.

Maybe it's time for this, and see if congressional Republicans can be bullied by the threat of a shutdown by a Republican President just like they always allow themselves to be bullied by the same threat when offered by Democrats.


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