This is not a game. Don’t think of it like a game. Don’t play it like it’s a game. Don’t cover it like it’s a game. https://t.co/whz4iYVvQY
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) December 28, 2018
Nancy Pelosi should take her standing $1.3 billion offer on non-wall border security and start deducting from it every dime of backpay these people will be owed. https://t.co/u68Tdy8zFm
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) December 28, 2018
You had a string of failed business and went bankrupt running a casino, but sure, please tell me how a giant border wall would be a “profit-making operation.” https://t.co/WmXrciowRK
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) December 28, 2018
We’ve gone from Mexico will pay for the wall to shutting down business with our third largest trading partner, $587 billion a year, if Americans don’t pay for the wall. Well done, guys. https://t.co/Hv6qyx4Q8O
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) December 28, 2018
Well, you know, the wall is more important than the farmers who voted for the wall https://t.co/XgsDAAATOF
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 28, 2018
Hey guess what? If Trump REALLY cared about the border, he wouldn’t have:
1. SHUT DOWN INDEFINITELY the department that oversees the border.
2. Left unspent 94% of the border improvement funding Congress gave him over the last 2 years.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 26, 2018
Can we please admit that building a wall is nonsense and get back to work? Here is a thoughtful piece on the real costs and lack of benefits of a border wall. https://t.co/zMq5nFt4Ls
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) December 27, 2018
By Anne Applebaum (hardly a bleeding-heart liberal squish), via the Washington Post:
… The hard truth is that the wall has no function. Its only purpose is to serve as a talisman, as a fairy tale, as a mythical, “beautiful” piece of concrete that will be paid for by Mexico. The only difference between the wall and the now-forgotten, equally mythical “caravan” that we discussed during the election is that construction will cost real money. We, not Mexico, will pay for it in taxes and, therefore, in lost productivity. Or we will pay for it in interest on the national debt. Or we will pay for it by sacrificing spending on fighter jets or health care or roads.
It will make our nation weaker and poorer — $5 billion poorer. That’s why this isn’t a debate about border policy. It’s a debate that tells us which of our politicians cares about the real world inhabited by real Americans and which prefer to live in a fantasy world created by the president’s imagination. For the future of the country, it’s important that reality wins.
Some news today from Mulvaney: White House came off its hard line on $5 billion for border wall in last offer to Dems, proposed a lower amount, although Mulvaney won’t say what the # is
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) December 28, 2018
You were offered $25 billion by Dems for your wall in exchange for legalizing Dreamers. You turned it down because you and Stephen Miller wanted deep cuts to legal immigration. Do you ever, ever, EVER stop lying? https://t.co/nFnDxxRirj
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 29, 2018
Eventually we will learn Trump and Kushner used the government shutdown to buy up federal workers' foreclosed mortgages https://t.co/8b3g4v5mQH
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) December 28, 2018
It is well past time for Republicans to admit that The Wall was an absurd campaign promise made by a xenophobic ignoramus for xenophobic ignoramuses and move on to take their governing responsibility more seriously than the head of their party. https://t.co/lnbakwa2mL
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 29, 2018
History will shit on your grave and I’ll be there to cheer. https://t.co/CtPeuzqCxV
— PresidentialHarassHat (@Popehat) December 29, 2018