Nobody Will Take Trump’s Attempts to Blame Democrats for Shutdown Seriously

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to listeners in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Broadbent Institute / Institut Broadbent)Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in Toronto, Canada, on October 30, 2017. (Photo: Broadbent Institute / Institut Broadbent)

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate late Thursday night to prevent a vote on a House spending bill and with President Donald Trump prepared for a mid-day departure for another weekend spent at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, the Republican Party — try as they might and because they control the White House and Congress — is having a difficult time trying to pin the blame for a looming government shut down on the Democrats.

While many parsed the blame-game metrics and potential fallout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) argued it this way:

During a floor speech on Thursday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) made a similar argument as she blasted the GOP for making a “mockery” of the country’s legislative process. “We’re back again for the third short-term spending bill of this fiscal year,” Jayapal lamented. “This is no way to govern.”

Reporting by Politico painted the US Senate as a chamber in “disarray” where prospects looked “grim” for avoiding a shutdown:

After the GOP House passed a partisan month-long spending bill Thursday, senators in both parties appeared increasingly dug in. A spat on the Senate floor between [McConnell] and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer culminated in the chamber adjourning with no clear path to avoid a shutdown in barely 24 hours.

No vote is scheduled, and the two party leaders spent the night sniping over who’s to…

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