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Day 18: The GOP squirms.

With Trump set to address the nation tonight (in a disturbing capitulation by media outlets), here’s the state of play on day 18 of the #TrumpShutdown:

  • First, don’t be fooled. Trump’s threats to declare a national emergency and force the military to build the border wall are both illegal and impractical.
  • There is no emergency. Apprehensions at the Southern border are down almost 80% since 2000, from over 1.8 million people then to less than 400,000 people in 2018.
  • Now in the third week of the shutdown, GOP representatives are starting to squirm. A top GOP aide warns that 15 to 25 Republicans could vote in favor of Democrats’ spending bills this week.
  • Remember: The majority of Americans oppose a border wall in the first place.

Americans are suffering because of the #TrumpShutdown. The Senate must vote to reopen the government and end this sham.

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