White House Press Challenges Trump's Shutdown Leadership, Sarah Sanders

The #SchumerShutdown was a colossal failure. Apparently closing the government over illegal immigrants was a bad move. But hey, Schumer still needs to score some points. Let’s attack Trump’s leadership skills.

Sarah Sanders was having none of it.

“What the president did clearly worked,” the press secretary stated. “The vote just came in 81-18. Those numbers are much more in the president’s favor than in Senator Schumer’s favor. I’m not sure what changed other than maybe Nancy Pelosi taking members out for dinner to celebrate their shutdown.”

“I’m not sure what other positive things came out of this weekend for Democrats.”

Pay attention here. Think of a UFC fight. With the losing fighter bemoaning it was his opponent’s fault for not letting himself get punched in the face. Voila! That’s Schumer’s defense. Democrats were betting on Trump to make a mess of things. He didn’t. Democrats lost. Game over.

Turns out the only plan Democrats have is Trump’s lack of self-control on social media. That’s it.

To be fair, it’s a pretty safe bet. But when the president doesn’t blow up deals by live tweeting Fox & Friends, Democrats have no Plan B. As a result? We have a Democrat party who is against cutting your taxes AND is now willing to shut down the government over illegal immigrants.

As we used to say back in the day, smooth move ex-lax.

So, what did Democrats get from this shutdown?

Here’s the full list: the perception that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had held out longer them at the negotiating table; the perception that Democrats will be unable to fight the GOP using a government shutdown as leverage, at least on the issue of illegal immigration; the impression that Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than military members; a Democratic base that now believes the Democrats are on the run; the impression that Democrats were responsible for the shutdown.



This sets up another showdown for February 8, when the current continuing resolution expires — but Democrats obviously have zero leverage tying DACA to funding. Which means that they’re better off simply fighting for a clean DACA bill before March. But again, the administration doesn’t have to capitulate — Trump can softly reinstate DACA to avoid the public pressure attendant on a sweep of illegal immigration arrests.

(Related: Progressives and Illegal Alien Activists Turn on Democrats After Amnesty-or-Shutdown Fail ‘They Caved, They Blinked, That’s What They Do’)

Democrats hurt themselves. They bluffed, and their bluff was called. Republicans should take advantage of that fact.

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