Now that Donald Trump’s government shutdown gambit has failed to get him his wall funding, and has instead resulted in most Americans blaming him for the shutdown, he’s trying to convince the public that he’s trying to get the government reopened. The trouble is, he also has to convince his rabid base that he’s trying to get his wall funded. That’s left him with just one option: making stuff up. It’s not going well.
Yesterday, Donald Trump sent Mike Pence to meet with the underlings of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. By Trump’s own admission, no progress was made. But today, for no apparent reason, Pence tried again. This time Trump decided that it went really well: “V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.”
But Manu Raju of CNN quickly tweeted confirmation that Donald Trump was simply lying about how things went: “Trump makes it sound like they are moving closer to a deal to reopen government, but multiple people in both parties say no real progress was made to a deal. And Dems continue to insist that govt be reopened first before any border deal, a strategy the WH rejects.”
So now we’ve reached the point where Donald Trump is so desperate to create the illusion that he’s trying to reopen the government, he’s lying about the efforts of Mike Pence, even though Trump has clearly told Pence he’s not allowed to cave on wall funding. Trump isn’t even any good at this lying thing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report