POTUS Donald Trump addressed the nation live last night from the Oval Office, taking his case for enhanced border security including funding for physical barriers, in what Fox News host Laura IngrahamÂ called a “sober, serious” speech, but it fell on deaf Democratic ears becauseÂ “they don’t give a damn.”
During his speech, POTUS Trump called on Democrats to help him end the “humanitarian crisis” along the U.S.-Mexico border by granting his funding request and reopening government agencies closed by the current shutdown.
â€œDemocrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents will the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation,â€ Trump said, asÂ Lifezette reported.
â€œThe federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only,â€ Trump continued. â€œBecause Democrats will not fund border security.â€
He urged Democrat leaders to rise above party politics and what’s right for the country. But in the Democratic response to the president’s address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed his appeal.
â€œMuch of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,â€ Pelosi claimed. â€œThe president has chosen fear.â€
Schumer added, â€œThe symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall,â€ as he urged Trump to â€œre-open the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security.â€
Just a few short years ago, Schumer — in an addressÂ toÂ the 6th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown University –he praised border fences and strict immigration policies.
â€œPeople who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the United States legally,â€ Schumer said in 2009. â€œAny immigration solution must recognize that we must do as much as we can to gain operationalÂ control of our bordersÂ as soon as possible.
â€œThis progress includesâ€¦construction of 630 miles of border fence that create a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border,â€ he added.
That was then, however.
AsÂ Ingraham noted in her opening monologue Tuesday night, â€œthe president was really sober in his address. He was extremely serious. And he genuinely believes that a wall is needed as part of a larger border security policy. Thatâ€™s what he campaigned on. Thatâ€™s what he won on.â€
â€œDemocrats do not give a damn about securing the border. For them, this is all about scoring political points â€” and of course, about 2020,â€ Ingraham warned.
She added that POTUS scoredÂ â€œa major media coupâ€ by getting â€œall the major networks to carry his address, galvanizing the attention of the entire country.â€
Also, “he accomplished something else. He got two of the least popular politicians in the nation to respond to him on his terms.”
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