Associated Press Says Democrats Are Also Responsible for Government Shutdown

As President Trump gave his speech from the Oval Office Tuesday night, telling the country that America’s borders need protecting and the government shutdown stems from Democrats’ refusal to fund a border wall, media fact checkers had a field day.

Of course, much of the fact checking had a liberal slant, as one might expect, but the Associated Press (AP) – considered one of the most reliable mainstream news sources by many – had a tidbit many liberals might not like.

After doing some fact checking on Trump’s statements about drugs coming across the border, the need for a wall and other items, the Associated Press set its sights on Democrat claims that the federal government shutdown is entirely Trump’s fault.

“It takes two sides to shut down the government”

AP shared Rep. Pelosi’s rebuttal remarks:”HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: ‘The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation – many of them veterans.”

AP shared Sen. Schumer’s rebuttal remarks: “SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, Senate Democratic leader: ‘The president of the United States – having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill – has shut down the government.”

But then concluded this:

THE FACTS: That’s one way to look at it. But it takes two sides to shut down the government. Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for his border wall is one reason for the budget impasse. The refusal of Democrats to approve the money is another.

And that is the plain fact: “It takes two sides to shut down the government.”

Democrats can try to put the blame on President Trump all they want, but the fact remains that they’re refusal to sign off on border wall funding is why the federal government is in a partial shutdown at the moment.

It’s also not as if Democrats have always been opposed to a wall, fence or some type of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. It wasn’t long ago that top Democrats cared about border security.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and their leftist friends are as much to blame for the shutdown as the President. Don’t expect to hear much of this from the liberal media.

Kudos to the Associated Press for being honest about it.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • It seems to me that in this age of gargantuan federal budgets, 5.7 billion is not all that much to spend on the safety and security of the American people, particularly when the commander-in-chief thinks it's of utmost importance.

  • The "tolerant" left that promotes love and peace, etc. is doing this only out of hate for our President. They still can't accept the fact that crooked Hillary got her butt kicked. Nancy has a wall around her estate, is that against her morals? Obama has a wall around his estate. GOD has a wall around heaven and locked gates you must get approval to pass through. This whole thing is only about hatered by the Democrats.

  • One has to wonder where was Chucklehead and Pig losi's concern for the government workers when Obozo shut the government down in 2013....Oh ! Trump's shut down is partial...Obozo's was a FULL SHUTDOWN....and the two Hypocrites was in full support of it then...

  • Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer claim that President Trump is holding federal employees hostage for the $5.7 billion he wants for funding the "Border Wall", which is actually only 0.004% of the 2019 budget.

    So in actuality the Democrats refuse to approve 0.004% of the budget for "Border Wall" funding, for ransom to put those federal employees back to work.

    We have had a problem at our border for the last 3 decades, and Democrats refuse to solve that problem, because they're only going to fund the same things at the border that has failed for the last 3 decades.

  • Pelosi and Schumer have obviously been abducted by aliens and after being assimilated to the Borg beamed down to be obstructive.

  • I'm sorry but this story proves to me that the AP has two stories the truth and facts they have someone on staff that isn't meant for publication but so they can stay ahead of the blow back, they printed today and one that is false and based on propaganda and lies always favoring bias for the DNC's ideology before facts, and genuine journalism. I think they printed the wrong story of the two and someone at AP is going to be fired? Just a thought.

  • Here's an idea -- stop payment on all pay for all of Congress, and their "leaders" (misnomer in their case!), and bring back some the furloughed employees. Those employees want and need to work. Obviously the Congress and their "leaders" don't WANT to work, and quite sure they don't need to work financially! Except Ocasio-Cortez who doesn't DESERVE to be paid given her lack of ability.

  • This is the issue: Do we believe in our capacity for self-government, or do we abandon the American Revolution and acknowledge that a few intellectual elites in a far distant capital can plan our lives for us better then we can ourselves? We are not ignorant citizen incapable of determining what is best for ourselves. Nor are we blind to the flagrant misuse by, and inappropriate conduct of our elected public leaders. All leaders must be held completely accountable for their actions that break the laws which we have established by our legislators and mandated by the will of the people. The moral and ethical corruption must not be allowed to continue and unchallenged and it must be punished to the fullest extent of our laws so that the world will see that the government of the United States is still responsible and answerable to, We the people!
    High crimes and misdemeanors Traders Of the United States The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct peculiar to officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, and refusal to obey a lawful order.

  • Lying, misleading, deceiving, obfuscating, Provocateurs, prevaricators, perjurers, Communists, all Democrat résumé enhancements.

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