MSNBC anchor and former U.S. Senate staffer Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday explained how President Donald Trump is losing the political battle over his shutdown of the federal government.
“Nancy Pelosi said no to Donald Trump again today and so tonight a defeated president finds himself alone in a hell of his own creation, a government shutdown which he thought was going to make him look strong but makes him look weaker every day, with his polling numbers getting worse all the time and with Republicans defecting from the Trump sinking ship every day, every time there’s a vote,” he explained.
“Nancy Pelosi beat Donald Trump once again today, and this time, this time Nancy Pelosi beat Donald Trump in the United States Senate,” he continued.
“The Senate took up a spending bill which Nancy Pelosi had passed through the House of Representatives which would reopen the government for a few weeks — and it won a majority vote, including six Republican votes,” he explained. “Those were six Republican Senate votes for what Nancy Pelosi wants.”
“Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Johnny Isaacson (R-GA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) — all Republicans — all cast their votes in favor of their federal government worker constituents, the government workers in their states who are suffering,” he reported. “And they cast those votes against Donald Trump.”
O’Donnell also noted the lasting damage Trump is doing to public perception of his administration.
“That Donald Trump has the worst cabinet in history and the worst White House staff in history is beyond dispute,” O’Donnell argued. “What is now sadly beyond dispute is that Donald Trump has the cruelest White House staff and the cruelest cabinet in history.”
“This is a truly vicious form of cruelty. It’s the kind of cruelty that is so oblivious to the way real people live that there’s no limit to how much harm they can do to those people because of that obliviousness,” O’Donnell warned.