The DailyWire’s Michael Knowles argues that a government shutdown over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding is a win-win for Republicans: “Either Trump succeeds in convincing flakey Republicans and swing state Democrats to fund his wall” and fulfills a campaign promise dividing Democrats from their more reasonable base of voters or Republicans can say they at least tried before the Democrats are able to derail with their new majority in January. Regardless, the war over immigration ahead of 2020 is just getting started.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
President Trump has threatened to shut down the government if Congress refuses to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While establishment Republicans fret over the potential fallout, such a move offers only political upside for Trump and the GOP. Republicans should gleefully add a third three-letter chant to their present repertoire of “lock her up” and “build the wall”: “shut it down.”
Conventional wisdom holds that the public disproportionately blames Republicans for government shutdowns. The disproportionate election of Republicans to the U.S. Senate following the Republican-led shutdown of 2013 should have put that canard to rest. Voters reward Republicans for fulfilling campaign promises, and no promise more clearly defined President Trump’s winning campaign in 2016 than building the wall. Even beyond the policy’s popularity, the news cycle moves so fast these days that public rancor over particular issues simply cannot survive past the next tweet.