Trump’s Call For Bipartisanship Short Lived
February 7, 2018
It’s not surprising, but after framing his State of the Union address as a call for unity and bipartisanship, Trump has repeatedly shown that was a lie – his presidency is just as partisan and divisive as ever.
In his State of the Union address, Trump called for unity and bipartisanship.
Trump: “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”
Trump threatened to shut down the government if he didn’t get all of his immigration priorities.
Trump: “We’ll do a shutdown. And it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”
Wall Street Journal: “White House Says Congress Must Accept Its Terms on Immigration.”
Trump rejected another bipartisan immigration deal.
CNN: “The White House is dismissing an immigration deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a non-starter just hours before it is expected to be formally introduced in the Senate.”
CNBC: “Trump shoots down new bipartisan McCain-Coons immigration plan: It's a 'total waste of time'”
Trump’s call for a government shutdown threw a wrench into bipartisan budget negotiations.
New York Magazine: “Trump Endorses Government Shutdown Just As Bipartisan Deal Seems Imminent”
New York Times: “President Trump called on Tuesday for shutting down the federal government if Congress does not crack down on illegal immigration, even as congressional negotiators closed in on a major budget deal that would set spending levels for two years and break the cycle of fiscal crises that has bedeviled the nation’s capital.”
Trump’s rhetoric has made it clear his calls for unity were never genuine.
Washington Post: “Trump called for unity — then undermined himself by attacking Democrats”
CBS News: “Trump's talk of bipartisanship from State of the Union recedes”