Our toddler-in-chief is once again threatening to shut down the entire federal government if he doesn’t get everything that he wants in the new spending bill. Specifically, the President is adamant about getting the necessary funding for his border wall. Trump has said on multiple occasions that he’s in favor of government shutdowns, but the economic costs of these shut downs are going to cost Republicans big time in the midterm elections, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.


On Tuesday of this week, the House of Representatives passed a short term spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown in the near future. That spending bill now has to go to the Senate, and then it has to be reconciled between the two houses. Whether or not there is enough time left to avoid a government shutdown remains to be seen.

I know, obviously, Republicans and Democrats alike do not want a government shutdown. But there is one person in DC who is all for shutting down the federal government, and that person happens to be Donald Trump. Trump said Tuesday, several times actually, that he would be in favor of a government shutdown, he wants to shut the damn thing down, if he doesn’t get the funding that he wants for his border wall.

So Donald Trump is using the old tactic of if you’re not going to play by my rules, I’m going to take my ball and go home. Expect he’s doing it with the entire federal government. There is no way that if the government shuts down this time, that they’re even going to be able to remotely pin it on Democrats.

Now, they’ll try, they always try, but it’s not going to stick. This last government shutdown that happened, the majority of people in this country viewed it as a failure, or pin the blame I should say, either on the Republican party, or on Donald Trump. Fewer percentage of people blamed it actually on Democrats, so the Democrats came out of that one pretty clean.

This one should be 100% on Donald Trump. We may not be happy with the overall outcome of the Republicans and Democrats working together here, probably not going to protect that 800 or 700,000 dreamers out there, who are worried about being deported. Probably not going to address what we needed it to with DACA. But, it’s going to be something, and it’s going to keep the government running. Maybe we can fix it later if we have enough politicians with a backbone to stand up for these people who deserve to stay in this country.

But Donald Trump doesn’t want them here. He doesn’t want anyone here. He doesn’t want anyone coming over here. And that’s why he wants to shut the government down, because he knows that he is not going to get the funding necessary for his border wall, which … Let’s go back a little bit, let’s go back to the 2016 presidential campaign. Donald Trump told us that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. A year later, in 2017, Donald Trump told us that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. So far this year, in 2018, Donald Trump has also reiterated that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.

Now, behind closed doors he’s admitted that yeah, taxpayers are probably going to have to pay for it, but Mexico’s totally going to pay us back, even though they tell us that they’re not, because they don’t want it, and it’s going to be on our soil, so why in the world would they even pay for it? But nonetheless, we’re now risking the government shutting down again, because Donald Trump continuously lies about who’s going to pay for this damn wall. That’s what’s really happening.

And Donald Trump is more than willing to shut the whole thing down, because Democrats don’t want to give him a dime to put up this useless, disgusting border wall, that for some reason his alt-right base thinks is going to stop immigration into the United States. It will do absolutely nothing. It’ll waste billions upon billions of dollars, destroy vital parts of the environment, all for what? Pandering to a couple of racists that you have in your base? Republicans, like Donald Trump seem to think that that’s worth it. Luckily the Democrats are smart enough to understand that it really, really isn’t.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced