- Spotify will soon let you block R. Kelly Monday 6:01 PM
- New Click to Pray app lets you pray with Pope Francis Monday 5:30 PM
- Social media influencer known for hiking in bikinis dead at 36 Monday 4:54 PM
- Trump posts altered pics on social media to make fingers look longer, report Monday 3:20 PM
- Twitch user banned after telling woman to ‘kill yourself’ during stream Monday 3:06 PM
- Facebook introduces ‘Community Actions’ tool to petition the government Monday 2:04 PM
- Sarah Sanders, NRA deliver truly misguided MLK tributes today Monday 12:58 PM
- MAGA teen who confronted Native elder says he ‘respects all races’ Monday 12:57 PM
- Popular YouTube channel in danger of disappearing because of copyright claims Monday 12:24 PM
- The Krassensteins’ Reddit AMA gets trolled off the internet Monday 12:08 PM
- No, Trump didn’t break open the Pizzagate scandal in 2011 Monday 11:23 AM
- Producer of anti-abortion film says Facebook refuses to run his ads Monday 10:58 AM
- Ja Rule thinks he was also a victim of Fyre Fest Monday 10:21 AM
- YouTube beef between RiceGum and H3H3 gets ugly—and personal Monday 10:02 AM
- ‘Fox & Friends’ accidentally airs obituary graphic for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday 9:40 AM
Shithole shutdown or Schumer shutdown?
As the first government shutdown in more than four years looms, the partisan blame game is truly on as lawmakers on the left and right side of the aisle clamber over one another to pin responsibility on their political rivals.
Democrats are threatening to oppose the short-term funding measure currently in the Senate because they want to force a deal to protect the Dreamers and find a solution on immigration policy.
The Dreamers are the 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents who now face deportation after President Donald Trump ended an Obama-era rule which allowed them to stay in the country, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Republicans and Democrats had almost found a resolution to their disagreement on DACA and immigration when the president allegedly made his controversial comment referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
As a result Democrat activists on Twitter are calling the potential government shutdown the #shitholeshutdown and #Trumpshutdown, placing the blame with the president.
Although there are no Democrat lawmakers who appear to have adopted the hashtag, it’s getting plenty of use and is being pushed by accounts associated with the Democratic grassroots movement Indivisible Guide.
— IndivisibleOregon (@Indivisible_OR) January 19, 2018
The common denominator of every modern government shutdown: Republican control of Congress. Thats a fact. #ShitHoleShutdown
— Brad Bauman (@bradbaumn) January 18, 2018
There is a bipartisan agreement that could pass both the House and Senate RIGHT NOW and it was moving forward until President Shithouse (nee Shithole) and the freedom caucus spooked your boss. Then it became "hurry up and pass something so we can blame Schumer." https://t.co/F7gHQbflqh
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) January 19, 2018
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) January 19, 2018
In a press conference this afternoon, Rep. Steny Hoyer (R-Md.) said that, “We will not be blackmailed because our Republican colleagues will not compromise.’”
The Republicans, on the other hand, are taking aim at Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who commented that party members would not back a short-term funding solution. For them, it’s the #Schumershutdown.
The party promoted the idea and hashtag on the official GOP website, which lawmakers quickly picked up. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) used the hashtag when he called out Schumer on Twitter in a plea to call off the shutdown.
Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government.⁰⁰
Do not jeopardize funding for our military and for our national security.⁰⁰
Do not jeopardize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.⁰⁰
It is risky. It is reckless. And it is wrong. pic.twitter.com/1NLeGDY20i
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 19, 2018
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 19, 2018
Just who is seen as responsible for a government shutdown, should it happen, would have implications in the 2018 midterms elections. However, more permanent than that, a shutdown would be the first in U.S. history to take place while one party is in control of the House, Senate and White House—a serious political embarrassment for Republicans.
Especially because, back in 2013, Trump said the blame for a shutdown falls squarely on one person: The president.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.