With the federal government shuttered until at least December 27 thanks to President Donald Trump’s insistence that Congress give him billions of dollars for his border wall, Trump took to Twitter Monday morning and began posting blatantly false propaganda, claiming that Democrats used to support his wall:
Virtually every Democrat we are dealing with today strongly supported a Border Wall or Fence. It was only when I made it an important part of my campaign, because people and drugs were pouring into our Country unchecked, that they turned against it. Desperately needed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
That’s not even remotely true, as numerous fact-checking sites have repeatedly pointed out.
In April of 2017, incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a similar claim, stating that many Democrats were in favor of a wall as far back as 2006.
But as FactCheck.org noted, Mulvaney’s remarks (and by extension Trump’s) are misleading.
As a matter of fact most Republicans in Congress who represent districts on the border with Mexico also don’t believe Trump’s wall make sense:
Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall.
Just two months ago, Trump alleged that Democrats “oppose any effort to secure our border.” But PolitiFact called the president out for that lie, too:
“Trump’s broad swipe fails to capture other actions under border security that Democrats have supported. Democrats have sponsored and backed legislation for border security, including surveillance technology.
“Trump’s claim is inaccurate. We rate it False.”
And Twitter wasn’t fond of Trump’s latest scare tactics, either:
— Uncle Blue ? (@UncleBlueWave) December 24, 2018
You had your chance for wall finding in exchange for DACA. You agreed to that deal and then reneged. You are a liar and cannot be trusted in any way. Enjoy prison; I know I will knowing you are there.
— adam (@ffxnatsfan) December 24, 2018
This is a lie. Dems have always supported border security—including barriers where it makes sense—and Chuck even offered you a $25 billion border security package which included wall funding, but you turned it down.
Now you’re unable to even get $5b from your own party. SAD!
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) December 24, 2018
What’s most galling are these two facts which Trump conveniently neglects to address:
- He said he would take the blame for the shutdown.
- He said Mexico would pay for the wall, but now he wants taxpayers to give him the money.
Once again, Donald Trump proves he’s a pathological liar who cannot accept blame for his own screw-ups.
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