President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the White House Saturday, offering a proposal that would find his border wall while providing short-term relief to some undocumented immigrants.
While the far-right was incensed by the offering, calling it amnesty and comparing Trump to Jeb Bush, more moderate Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said they hoped Democrats would not insist on Trump’s “unconditional surrender.”
#Shutdown can only end through mutual concessions that lead to an agreement.
It appears @POTUS will offer concessions this afternoon.
I hope Democrats won’t just automatically reject his offer.
Demanding his unconditional surrender is not a reasonable position.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 19, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
On CNN, commentator Symone Sanders pointed out that Trump “was fine signing these continuing resolutions to find these parts of the government that are currently shut down until Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh made a stink about it.”
“Democrats and folks that don’t identify with any party politically do not understand why he is shutting the government down and holding Americans hostage,” she said.
Sanders offered her prediction for when Trump’s shutdown would end.
“I think this ends when TSA goes on a strike and then everyone, the president included, is forced to re-open the government and we’ll talk about this later, or something catastrophic happens,” she said. “Something has to give, and that something is Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.”
‘RIP GOP’: Polling expert predicts devastating Trump 2020 electoral wipeout
Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called "RIP GOP" in which he makes a case that Trump's presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats' favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.
"I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end," he said. "I believe... Donald Trump's election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won't consider compromise, which won't consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people's consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened."
Ex-Trump official warns against president’s Iran warmongering: ‘Predictable irrationality’
On Monday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's Iran diplomacy is in serious jeopardy.
"It’s a super serious situation, so I just want to talk very precisely," said Scaramucci. "There’s three issues going on now. One, because there’s a vacuum of leadership inside the White House. He’s more or less moved out everybody that could potentially disagree with him or offer some level of dissent. When the leader of the free world continues to use the words locked and loaded, it’s the opposite of somebody like Teddy Roosevelt. Speak softly and carry a large stick. And this is send out military threats over Twitter. It’s a precarious situation. I think it’s very, very serious."
Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.
"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."