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POTUS Trump’s GOP base sticking with HIM as Dem’s government shutdown continues

Grassroots Republicans — President Donald Trump’s unflappable base — are sticking with him as the longest government shutdown, caused in large part by Democrats’ refusal to compromise over border wall funding, continues its historic stretch.

That’s the bottom line in a report from the Republican National Committee Wednesday as members gathered in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., for their annual winter business meeting, the Washington Examiner reported.

RNC officials said that GOP constituents from their communities around the country still significantly back POTUS Trump as he continues to demand $5.7 billion in border wall/barrier funding as part of any funding agreement to reopen about 25 percent of the government that has remained shuttered since December.

Democrats, meanwhile, are refusing to even consider money for a border wall, despite the fact that many of them voted for barrier funding in the past. They are insisting the president give up his leverage and reopen the government first before ‘negotiations’ on his wall funding and other immigration reform measures he has proposed can begin.

“Among the grassroots Republicans that I know, they’re right behind the president. They don’t want him to give in at all. The money he’s asking for, for the wall, is pocket change. It’s lunch money,” Peter Goldberg, the RNC committeeman from Alaska, told the Washington Examiner.

As we reported Wednesday, the cost of the shutdown to the U.S. economy has already exceeded the amount of money POTUS Trump is requesting.

“The Democrats are not willing to negotiate,” Glenn McCall, the RNC committeeman from South Carolina, told the WE. “Everyone I talk to — they hate to see the workers impacted. But this could have been solved weeks ago if the Democrats would have come to the table in earnest and negotiated with the president.”

The government shutdown is having an outsized impact on workers in Alaska, which has led ‘moderate’ GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski to break with the president and appeal to him to immediately sign any legislation that would reopen government.

Privately, the WE reported, some RNC officials expressed frustration at the president’s approach — using the shutdown as a means of extracting concessions from Democrats over wall funding.

But the vast majority of grassroots Republicans are solidly behind him, are convinced he will come out on top, and are not concerned with some data showing trouble ahead.

“They are strongly with the president standing firm on this. This is one of his major campaign promises they would like to see done. This is a national security issue,” Kelly Arnold, RNC member and chairman of the Kansas GOP, told the news site. “They’re with the president on this, with doing the government shutdown.”

Support for the president overall is steady at 44 percent approval, according to Rasmussen Reports, which has been one of the more reliable polling firms regarding the president’s ratings.

And Rasmussen’s polling indicates that the vast majority of Republicans want the president to give a State of the Union Address (while most Democrats, understandably, don’t). They believe it will be a great opportunity for the president to explain the shutdown and detail Democrat intransigence on the issue of border wall funding and other immigration reforms.

Also, according to a survey earlier this month, the vast majority of Americans don’t see the government shutdown as a major issue.

One ace in the hole for the president: Border Patrol and immigration enforcement officials appear to support his stance and his push for new border barriers.

Members of the National Border Patrol Council — the largest union of Border Patrol members — joined the president earlier this month in the White House Press Room and sent a two-word message: “Walls work.”

“I’ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years,” Brandon Judd, president of the Border Patrol Council, said. “I can personally tell you, from the work that I have done on the southwest border, that physical barriers, that walls actually work. — Jon Dougherty

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1 Comment on POTUS Trump’s GOP base sticking with HIM as Dem’s government shutdown continues

  1. Nathaniel Goodwin // January 24, 2019 at 4:49 pm // Reply

    The Democrats’ victory in the midterm elections has gone completely to their heads. They think they now own the White House and that they can order President Trump around like a playful dog. Their arrogant stupidity will be their downfall and they will learn the hard way that We The People are taking back our country from the hell-hole they have turned America into. We will rebuild it the way our forefathers intended it to be – a prosperous country founded on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as defined by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    They spew out endless propaganda against our President and our homeland. At every opportunity they run to the media and feign righteous indignation against Trump and the GOP. They think Americans are dumb sheep and that our freedoms and rights can be easily taken away and replaced with Socialism or some other abhorrent philosophy. Well, they thought wrong. Enough is enough. If we unite, we can win. We must.

    Pray for our country. Pray for our government. Pray for Donald Trump. If we have sincere faith in God, we may yet see miracles happen and this dark chapter of hatred against America and everything she stands for will soon become a faded memory.

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