Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: This Shutdown is on You!
Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: This Shutdown is on You!
Dear Nancy –
You don’t mind if I call you by your first name, do you? I mean, you spend so much time pretending to care about us common folk and about the government workers who aren’t working and those who are currently working for IOUs during this shutdown, that I figured you’d be OK if I got a little familiar with you. So, let’s sit down and have a conversation, Nancy, OK?
Donald Trump, in an effort to end the government shutdown, decided to make a major concession to you and your fellow Democrats today. As my co-blogger Deanna wrote earlier, Trump announced he was willing to grant a three-year extension for both DACA recipients and TPS designations to allow you and your fellow Congress members to pass legislation (also known as DO YOUR JOBS) to protect kids who have been brought here illegally by their parents through no fault of their own and US residents from certain countries who warrant temporary protected status.
All he wants in exchange is for you and your fellow Democrats to fund a wall/barrier/fence/bucket full of toenails/peaches/whatever you want to call it, along with other common sense measures to secure our southwestern border.
The president says Mitch McConnell is ready to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for a vote if you just say the word.
But you flat out rejected the offer. You rejected it before it was even made. You dismissed it out of hand while superciliously pontificating how you had hoped the President would “proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border.”
Well, he tried, Nance, and you failed to accept the invite.
And you issued this pathetic excuse in advance of the President’s address, proving once again that your concern isn’t about paying the hundreds of thousands of government workers forced to work for no salary, that you couldn’t give a fat rat’s hairy ass about protecting kids who were brought here illegally by their parents, and you certainly don’t want to compromise. You proved once again that you don’t care about border security or anything other than rejecting the Trump agenda and ensuring he fails. That’s your promise to your fellow unhinged lunatic Democrats (but I repeat myself), and that’s exactly what you’re doing.
You and your fellow Democrats worked really hard to make this shutdown about Trump. You tried to make it about Republicans. You’ve made #TrumpShutdown trend on Twitter. Occasional Cortex is running around Washington with her fellow squealing proglodytes, claiming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to open the government, as if it’s somehow the Senate Majority Leader’s responsibility to compromise, especially after the House Speaker refused to even hear the President’s offer before giving him the finger.
You people have been littering Twitter with your false claims about teary government workers telling you to hang in there and not capitulate, pretending they are willing to sacrifice for your ridiculous quest to block any and all attempts to secure the border.
I just had a furloughed worker come visit me in my office.
“I work for HUD,” he said. “My family is hurting now that I’m three weeks without a paycheck,”
“but please – please don’t give into a wall. I don’t want the political tool of withholding my paycheck to be legitimized.”
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) January 8, 2019
This little gem was posted eight days after government workers received their last paycheck – right at the end of December. No one had missed a paycheck at that point, but that doesn’t matter to you prevaricating scum, as long as it supports your political agenda and allows you to pretend that people whom you use as policy tools somehow support this insanity, while claiming they don’t want to be used as political tools.
Do you even comprehend how ridiculous you look?
Well, Nance, after today’s outright rejection of the President’s attempt to extend an olive branch and finally end the shutdown, this shutdown is on you.
It’s on you and on your fellow Democrats.
I will admit I was a bit pissed off at both sides after the infamous meeting during which you refused to budge, and the President walked out. I was angry at your intransigence and at Trump’s narcissistic “you won’t give me what I want” comment, as if this deal is about HIM instead of the hundreds of thousands of people working for free, while you and your fellow Congress scum get a paycheck for refusing to do your jobs.
But now, I realize it is PRECISELY about him.
It’s not about border security.
It’s not about DACA recipients or TPS residents.
This isn’t about immigrants, or children, or families at the border.
It certainly isn’t about the people whom you are forcing to work without a paycheck, while you and your pals get paid with Americans’ tax dollars, even as you refuse to do your jobs and fund the government that we fund and that is supposed to provide certain services in return.
(I note that despite being one of the wealthier members of Congress, your name is not on the list of members who have given up or donated their salaries during this shutdown.)
For you, it’s all about opposing Trump, and you’re willing to take nothing less, as your pal Dick Durbin (D-ouchebag, IL) demanded when he demanded that the President “put everything on the table.”
Durbin told George Stephanopoulos “We’re not going to stand here and be blamed for this.”
Guess what, Dick and Nancy! You now assume full responsibility.
Trump opened a door, and instead of walking through it, you flipped him the bird.
Trump gave you a concession on something you claimed to have cared about – DACA and TPS – and you gave him the Heisman.
You’re pissed that he cancelled your little taxpayer-funded jaunt overseas after you pulled a rude political stunt by trying to deny him the opportunity to address the American people on the state of the union, and now you’re pitching a political tantrum at others’ expense.
You’re pissed that unlike the last government shutdown, when Republicans folded like cheap lawn chairs, this one is actually sticking to his guns, and you can’t bully him into surrendering.
I blame you.
I blame your puerile attempts to win at the expense of hundreds of thousands of government employees – most of them national security professionals – who are working to defend this nation while you deny them their livelihoods, even as you get paid for refusing to do your job.
I blame you for holding innocent people hostage to your political whims, including government employees, DACA recipients, and travelers who are stuck in airports for hours – the very people about whom you claim to give a damn.
I blame you for caring more about “showing sympathy” than actually having it, as hundreds of thousands of people’s livelihoods are jeopardized by your callow stubbornness.
What we didn’t hear from the President was any sympathy for the federal workers who face so much uncertainty because of the chaos of the #TrumpShutdown.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
In other words, Nancy – it’s your shutdown now, you opportunistic, obdurate bitch. Eat it.