With the deadline for a new spending bill looming, President Donald Trump invited Congressional Democratic leaders to the White House and held on-camera negotiations where he pledged to shoulder the blame for any government shutdown that occurred because of his insistence on funding for a border wall.
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton had a panel discussion about the shutdown that featured conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt and liberal talk show host Joe Madison. Madison shamed Hewitt into silence.
“Just between us, when you think about it, this president got adamant about it after his fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and others started beating up on him. Isn’t this the president trying to hold his base because there was an erosion from the likes of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh that he panicked and went in overdrive trying to prove to the 33% base that listens to these people that he is tough and going to do what he said?” asked Sharpton.
“I don’t think it was panic,” said Hewitt. “One ought to always take into account, if you’re conservative, what Rush has to say—he has the largest single audience in America with 20 million people tuning in every week to listen… There have been 17 previous shutdowns… and they always end with a compromise. And this time the compromise is denied by the Democrats.”
Sharpton shot his argument down, pointing out that a compromise bill everyone agreed to was on the table before Trump announced that he would refuse to sign it.
“You’re still in the first quarter!” said Hewitt. “Chuck Schumer got the football with the $2.5 billion offer.”
The other three speakers groaned before Madison unloaded.
“Oh, come on,” said Madison. “We’re not playing games here. Let’s quit this football analogy. I have family members, too, that are saying we don’t know what we’re doing do. Nobody it playing games. Let me tell you, the mortgage companies aren’t playing games. So let’s quit the talk about football, first quarter, that type of thing. The reality is that the President of the United States said, and he said it emphatically, ‘I will take responsibility for the shutdown.'”
As Hewitt sat silently, Sharpton decided to stop the panel.
“Let the panel take a breath,” said Sharpton.
Morning Joe guest reveals why even Ivanka is afraid to deliver bad news to Trump: ‘He’ll explode’
President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.
"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."
New Republican group wants to register more voters to keep Texas red
The push by the group, a super PAC called Engage Texas, comes as national Democrats zero in on the state in 2020.
With national Democrats looking to make Texas a battleground, a new Republican group is launching to register hundreds of thousands of new voters here and convince them to help keep the state red in 2020.
The group, a super PAC named Engage Texas, is the brainchild of some of the state's biggest GOP donors, and it is led by a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee. It comes as Texas Republicans look to gain ground in an area where their Democratic counterparts have dominated in recent years: signing up new voters.
Texans approve of Trump’s job performance but have questions about his character, UT/TT Poll says
More than half of the state's voters think President Donald Trump is doing a good job, but they're not as pleased with some of his character traits, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
If you ask registered voters in Texas about the job performance of the people they’ve elected to high office, the top two names on their list are President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
But the support is not overwhelming: 52% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 44% disapprove. And 51% said Abbott is doing a good job, while 31% disapprove of the governor’s work.