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Day 19: Debunking the lies.

Last night’s presidential address was nothing more than the same Trump stump speech we’ve all been forced to listen to for three years. President Trump’s speech has been widely fact-checked and characterized as the gaslighting sham that it was.

In fact, the entire premise of Trump’s shutdown is a lie: There is no emergency at the border—at least not the kind he’s ranting about.

Here’s the state of play on day 19 of the #TrumpShutdown:

  • More cracks are appearing in the Republican facade. Last night, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK) called for an end to the shutdown: “I think we can walk and chew gum.”
  • Agencies are warning of serious impacts to public health and safety during the #TrumpShutdown. For example, furloughing of FDA food inspectors could “put our food supply at risk.”

Want information on the state-by-state impacts of the shutdown? Click here.


Last night—in a critical first step toward addressing the gun violence epidemic in the U.S.—a bipartisan group of representatives introduced H.R.8., a bill mandating universal background checks for the sale of firearms.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Universal background checks are proven to be “an effective way to help reduce gun violence and gun trafficking.”
  • Currently, the majority of states do not require background checks for the purchase of firearms, despite the fact that universal background checks are supported by 97% of Americans.
  • The bill was introduced on the 8th anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), during an attack that left six dead and 15 wounded. Giffords helped to introduce the bill last night.