President Donald Trump appears to have dug in his heels on the border wall, reversing course on a deal with Democrats and saying that he will leave the federal government shuttered indefinitely unless he gets $5 billion for the wall.
On Thursday, former GOP operative Rick Wilson appeared on CNN with Don Lemon and unleashed an epic rant about the proposed wall, which Trump had promised Mexico would pay for on the campaign trail, and the loyal Trumpistas who support it.
“The wall has always been a con for Donald Trump’s credulous rube 10-tooth base,” said Wilson. “The wall has always been a scam. It has always been a lie. Nothing about the wall has ever been real. And Donald Trump knows it. He is a guy who has a long history in his career as being a con man. He is conning these people who believe he’s going to build a 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high concrete wall with laser moats and alligators in it. It’s just crazy. It always has been. And yet they suspend their disbelief because they believe so strongly in Donald Trump.”
Wilson said that Republican voters should know better than to support the wall.
“It’s an insult to their intelligence, but obviously it seems to work with his base because they believe it over and over again, that nothing will stop the brown horde except the wall,” he said.
Lemon pointed out that the proposed structure has gone from a “big beautiful wall that Mexico was going to pay for” to some new steel slat fencing.
“It’s going to end with it being the freedom ditch,” Wilson said.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.
Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.
"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"
9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’
Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.
In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.