Trump’s supposedly dropped from $5 billion to $2.5 billion.

Democrats still refuse so now Lindsey Graham-nesty is sweetening the deal (and sucking their asses for all he’s got) by proposing “renewable legal status” instead of a wall.

Fucking piece of shit.

Trump ought to order all illegals to Graham’s district…and then his town…and then his house.

Democrats and the White House must drop the “blame game” and restart talks to reopen the government fully, weary lawmakers said Sunday as Capitol Hill lurched toward the new year without any sign that they will break the impasse over President Trump’s border wall.

Senior Republicans said an extension of legal status for “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. illegally as children could be the sweetener Democrats need to approve the $5 billion Mr. Trump wants for the wall and end the federal shutdown, which has entered its second week.

“To my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding and many Republicans are going to offer something as an incentive to vote for wall funding that you have supported in the past,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Democrats, who can block bills in the Senate because of the 60-vote requirement even before they take control of the House later this week, said they are willing to negotiate a deal but remain leery, arguing that Mr. Trump will move the goal posts if they compromise with Republicans.

For now, Democrats seem content to wait until they retake the House, giving them a chance to pass a bill on their terms and dare the Republican-led Senate to remain in a shutdown.

While the warring sides talked past each other, federal workers caught in the crosshairs mulled side gigs to make ends meet during the shutdown. Their next government paycheck is nowhere in sight, and the fight over border security turned even nastier over the weekend.

Mr. Trump blamed Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children at the border.

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” he tweeted Saturday. “They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway swatted aside critics who said the tweet offered little sympathy for the Guatemalan children and their families.

“I think the president’s point is an important one,” Mrs. Conway told CNN. “He stayed in Washington to negotiate border security.”

She said Mr. Trump already dropped his funding request for the wall to $2.5 billion and was waiting for Democrats to offer money for a deal.

Democrats said there are better ways to secure the border than to build a wall.

“We do need comprehensive immigration reform. In the end, we need to know what the president wants, and hopefully he’ll stick to it,” Sen. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We need some predictability.”

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Appropriations Committee, appeared to fault all sides for the impasse. He said the lack of negotiations made everyone in Washington losers and that it was time for Mr. Trump to stop tweeting and for Democrats to show their cards.

“Nobody’s going to win this type of game,” Mr. Shelby told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We all lose, and we all kind of look silly.”

The latest shutdown, which began Dec. 22, has been less painful than previous ones. Some of it went unnoticed over the initial weekend and Christmas holiday.

Yet the biggest factor is that Congress managed to fund the Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and Veterans Affairs departments in September. Those departments account for some 75 percent of annual discretionary spending. As a result, troops and many federal departments are still on the job and getting paid.

The fight revolves around Mr. Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the southern border. The proposed barrier was a part of his campaign and, after bruising Republican midterm losses in Congress, the president sees the standoff as his last reasonable chance to secure ample funding.

Democrats say they won’t budge from their opposition. They argue that a wall is ineffective and sends the wrong message to the world. Citing Mr. Trump’s own words on the campaign trail, they said Mexico was supposed to pay for it anyway.

The White House of late has said it will settle for fencing in the form of steel slats, noting that Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York have supported fencing in the past.

Mr. Graham said if Democrats supported fencing in the past, then there is no reason — besides politics — to dig in now.

“The bottom line is, they want Trump to lose more than they want the country to win, I fear,” Mr. Graham told CNN. “At the end of the day, there’s a deal to be had. But everybody’s changing their position here. And most Americans are pretty tired of it.”

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6 Responses to I TOLD YOU SO

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    I’m hoping Trump is playing “cat and mouse” with the Dumbocrats and Lindsay is the bait. I still have faith that Trump realizes he’ll lose his entire base if he fucks the wall deal up. Then again maybe that’s how he plans on “bowing out” of a no-win situation with a little self-esteem rather than just tossing his hands in the air screaming: “Fuck you America”.

    We’re DOOMED as a society and smart guys like Trump and I know it.

  2. dekare says:

    I think Trump knows full well that the wall IS THE ISSUE right now. He ran on that promise, and it was the ONLY promise we fully expected. He’s entering his third year soon and he has to get that wall started or many will turn their backs on him.

    Now, I understand that he is trying, but he needs to have a spine. He needs to understand that we, his true supporters, will stand behind him fully, no matter how long the govt shutdown lasts…as long as he stands his ground and does not give in to the pressure to open the govt. None of us will blame him for the shutdown, and those that do, will hate him even if he does give in to them. It’s put up or shut up time. I don’t give a crap if the govt stays shut down til next christmas for all I care. Trumps real supporters pretty much don’t rely on much of what the govt offers us and typically, it’s us that are funding the nonsense that is shutdown anyway.

    So, keep it closed…halt all welfare payments, subsidized housing, free this and that, and just like obama stated….”Make it hurt”. That last shutdown, you remember the one where typically unmanned govt attractions were all of a sudden manned by 10 security guards keeping people away from what was typically a public access site that never needed anyone there to begin with. Instead of hurting conservatives like obama tried….hurt the dems…the people that rely on the democrats for their free cheese and what not. Make it so that they yell and scream and threaten their representatives to give in and build the wall, just so they can keep the govt spigot open.

    We all will have Trump’s back as long as he stands firm. Mr. Trump…do NOT give in.

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    Rush Limbaugh described Trump’s actions at the beginning stage of any negotiation
    as “positioning.” He starts out by seeming flexible and willing to compromise. He
    did this with DACA and the Donks folded like a cheap suit. Within the past two or
    three days, he has doubled down on his original 5 billion dollar demand. I am
    not going to go weak-kneed until I hear it from his own mouth and not from some
    media source. President Trump will not buckle on this issue. This was the main
    plank in his platform, and he knows full well that if caves he is toast.

    With opposition to illegal immigration at 59 percent and more than 60 percent in
    Marxifornia, how many red states will he lose where the numbers are higher?
    His entire professional life has shown us that he is a man who does not even
    know the words quit or fail. He plays the Donks and their kept whores in the
    media like a two-dollar fiddle. He has been doing this for two years, and he is
    not about to stop now!

  4. Eskyman says:

    My rule #1: Don’t believe a word of whatever you see or hear in any FakeNewsMedia outlet.

    Rule #2: Follow Rule #1 without exception!

    POTUS Trump plays the media like a Stradavarius, only better, and you’ll never ever see the MSM acknowledge that simple fact.

  5. antzinpantz says:

    DeKare, Leonard and Esky: How about a friendly wager?

    Trump does not get $5 billion.

    Trump gets much less and most of it is used for purposes other than a wall, steel fence, etc.

    The American taxpayer gets fucked when republicans give democrats part of what they want: Dreamers, a way into the country and an end to the budget fight….or a continuing resolution that just punts this down the road.

    $10 which, if I’m right, you’d be out $10 and have to donate to a charity.

    $30 if I’m wrong as I donate $10 each to a charity you name.

  6. dekare says:

    I’d love to take your bet, but if I did, I would surely lose. I never do well in gambling and investing it seems. If I bought a cemetary, people would stop dying, i’m that bad at it. Making a bet would certainly jinx the outcome.

    I can only hope I am right. We’ve seen Trump do it before…take what looks like a loss and turn it into a win…hope he does it with this too.

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