A fast food stunt has just turned into a pattern, and in so doing it has belatedly revealed a new whopper of a Trump lie. Back in December, Donald Trump eagerly claimed responsibility for what would be the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. In a televised negotiation session in the Oval Office, Trump proclaimed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that “I am proud to shut down the government … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”
In early January, as the shutdown continued, Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers champion football team to the White House. He oddly served them fast food, suggesting it is what health-conscious star athletes prefer while also pinning blame on the shutdown. Trump argued that since kitchen staff workers were furloughed, the only other reasonable choice would be to have his wife and Karen Pence don aprons only to whip up something meager and disappointing. “Do we have no food for you, cause we have a shutdown?” Trump addressed the athletes on camera. “Or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make along with, along with the second lady, they’ll make some salads? And I said you guys aren’t into salads.” Trump then introduced himself as the benevolent savior. “Because of the shutdown… we ordered American fast food paid for by me,” he told reporters before illiterately tweeting about footing the bill for “over 1000 hamberders.”
Not only did Donald Trump blame the fast food on the shutdown, he quite conveniently forgot who he told Schumer was responsible for the shutdown. Trump had Press Secretary Sarah Sanders deliver an official statement: “Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” according to The New York Times.
New developments show that Donald Trump’s argument that the Democrats forced him to serve fast food was not only flawed and deceptive but pure nonsense. In early March, weeks after the government shutdown ended, Trump welcomed the North Dakota State Bison football champions to the White House and again served fast food, only offering “I know you people” as justification. Then, on Monday, fast food was on the menu again when Trump welcomed the Baylor Lady Bears basketball champions to the White House. Even the likes of Captain Crook and the Hamburglar know that the government shutdown and the Democrats had nothing to do with any of Trump’s fast food shenanigans.