Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns

Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns

If we don’t get what we want,
I will shut down the government.
I am proud to shut down the government for
border security.
The dumbest thing about the longest
government shutdown in American history
is how it started.
For weeks, Trump asked for a budget that included
$5 billion for a border wall.
If we got $5 billion, we could do
a tremendous chunk of wall.
But Senate Republicans realized
they weren’t going to get Democrats to agree
to that.
So on December 19, they passed a bill
to keep the government funded until February
without a wall.
Republicans will continue to fulfill our duty
to govern.
It looked like everyone was going to enjoy
a nice
holiday break in a functioning democratic
And then Trump turned on the TV.
I’m troubled by what’s going on.
I feel like the Republicans have caved in
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this was a
Not funding the wall is going to go down as
one of
the worst things to have happened to this
Trump will just have been a joke presidency
scammed the American people.
To end this Congress without a shutdown?
Trump gets nothing, and the Democrats get
After two days of being attacked by Fox News,
Trump told Republicans he would not sign the
to keep the government funded.
The president informed us that he will not
sign the bill
that came over from the Senate last evening.
The president has gotten word to me
that he is either getting funding for the
or he’s shutting the whole thing down.
And so began the longest government shutdown
in American history.
800,000 federal workers no longer getting
a paycheck.
Shutdown could be making your food less safe.
Consequences will soon be felt in all sectors
of the economy.
The whole thing was a disaster for Trump.
His approval ratings took a major hit.
A plurality of Americans blamed him for the
And he didn’t get the wall he wanted.
Well, after 35 days, Trump changed his tune,
agreeing to reopen the government for three
And while this might seem like another product
of Trump’s Fox News obsession,
the truth is it’s part of a bigger pattern
of right-wing media pressuring Republicans
into government shutdowns that blow up in
their faces.
President Trump was attacked by the hard right
and, fearful, he backed off his commitment
to sign this bill.
It’s a dangerous cycle that helps explain
how government shutdowns are transforming
from a rare crisis into just the new normal.
Shutdown’s over, but don’t worry.
In all likelihood, we will have another one.
Could there be a round two?
President Trump not ruling out
another government shutdown.
Before there was President Trump,
before there was even Fox News,
there was Newt Gingrich.
In 1995, he became the Republican speaker
of the House,
riding a wave of anti-Clinton sentiment
and promising to get government spending under
The American people voted for a smaller government,
for less bureaucracy.
Gingrich had become speaker thanks to a group
popular right-wing radio hosts,
people like Rush Limbaugh and Oliver North,
who had mobilized Republican voters
by fearmongering about the size of the government.
It’s nice to be with all of you extremists
That became an issue when it was time to fund
the government.
Republicans wanted a budget that made
dramatic cuts to things like Medicare,
but Clinton promised to veto it.
So Gingrich had a choice to make.
Come up with a compromise
and risk betraying the talk radio hosts
who helped you get in power,
or refuse to budge, shut down the government,
and hope Clinton caves.
The pressure from the right was intense.
One radio host told the New York Times,
“This is the chance that we’ve been waiting
for for years.
I’ll be disappointed if Republicans in Congress
and I think our listeners will be too.”
North agreed, saying, “If Republican leaders
back down now,
they’ll be swept out in ’96 right along
with Bill Clinton.”
Do you think Newt will moderate his stance
now that he’s the speaker of the House?
And I said, better not.
So Gingrich chose to gamble,
shutting down the government
for the longest it had ever been shut down
in American history.
Gingrich believed that with the help of right-wing
public pressure would turn against Clinton
and he’d have to cave.
One of the reasons I believe in the end we’ll
We now have a media giant who stands astride
the entire society.
But Gingrich miscalculated.
Rush Limbaugh was powerful but not that powerful.
Gingrich was hammered as a crybaby throwing
a tantrum.
Stories of the impact of the shutdown dominated
the news cycle.
And Clinton became more popular,
while people turned against the GOP.
We’ll remember in November!
We will remember in November!
Eventually, Gingrich was forced to back down.
Republicans agreed to a compromise budget,
and Clinton sailed to reelection the next
That shutdown was a disaster for the party.
But that pattern, it was just getting started.
In 2013, there’s another budget fight.
If standing for liberty makes you a wacko
then count me a proud wacko bird.
Republicans, led by Ted Cruz, want to defund
something they just don’t have the votes to
But now they’re not just being egged on
by Limbaugh and some radio hosts.
There’s a whole army of right-wing talking
And their demand is clear:
Republicans right now, if they want to repeal
health care,
they’ve got to shut the government down.
There are talks about a government shutdown.
If the Republican Party does want to get in
the game and push back,
that would be where.
We might get blamed for a shutdown.
So what?
It’s the right thing to do.
Some of these radio talk show hosts have real
Many members of Congress are worried about
a primary challenge
that could deny them the nomination.
So Republicans shut down the government again.
The government of the United States of America
has shut down.
This time, they’re trying to avoid another
Gingrich backlash.
There’s round-the-clock messaging about how
the shutdown is no big deal.
We’ve gone through now 15 hours of a government
I don’t think anybody’s feeling any great
pain here.
Not just no big deal.
It’s actually good the government is shut
That’s a dream for a conservative,
when nonessential federal employees
are not being paid with my tax dollars.
Maybe we need to shut it down every couple
of years
under this administration.
Think where the economy would be!
These people are f*cking nuts.
Gingrich is now in on it too.
He’s gone from being a politician
to just another right-wing pundit.
This is not a crisis.
A government shutdown isn’t a crisis, Mr.
Can’t believe I’m rooting for Piers Morgan
in that exchange.
My advice to the Republicans: hold the line.
This will boomerang if you hold tight.
It’s still not enough.
The 2013 shutdown ends much in the same way
as Gingrich’s did.
Republicans are forced to cave, Obamacare
and most people blame the GOP for the crisis.
We fought the good fight; we just didn’t win.
But now, on Fox, they’re lauded for standing
up for their principles.
The shutdown was so magnificent, run beautifully.
I’m so proud of these Republicans.
Ted Cruz was doing exactly what he was elected
to do.
And a few years later, when it’s time to fight
about the border wall,
the cycle starts again.
He has to hold firm on this.
A shutdown is exactly what we need.
I think the president should dig in his heels.
Let’s fight and get all we can.
He can’t reward Schumer and Pelosi by signing
this bill.
What you’re seeing is a party that’s been
backed into a corner.
Ever since the ’90s, Republicans have become
on outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh
to rally their core supporters.
If they betray their echo chambers, they could
lose their seats.
I’m done with the Republicans if they don’t
fight here.
I will not support, I will not endorse anybody
that doesn’t have the courage to stand up
on this issue.
But these two groups have radically different
Governing requires compromise to get things
and keep the government functioning.
Punditry requires conflict:
big, simple ideological fights to get audiences
fired up
so they keep tuning in.
Shutdowns are the clearest example of that
kind of conflict.
Our side good, their side bad, build that
Shut the government down.
Everybody says, “Aw, that’ll be terrible.”
Terrible thing is to let the Democrats bully
this president,
who was elected by the people of this nation.
So the Republican Party keeps getting steered
into crises it knows it can’t win.
This was the longest shutdown we’ve ever had.
But on the right, the reaction was, “It
didn’t go far enough.”
He just reversed himself.
That’s a victory for Nancy Pelosi.
He promised something for 18 months
and he lied about it.
One of the few voices trying to dial it back
and I cannot believe I’m saying this,
Newt freaking Gingrich.
He should not pay any attention to Ann Coulter.
Ann Coulter’s never run for office.
She’s off here in some fantasy land.
She gets to be noisy, which helps her sell
Oh, my god.
I mean, he’s right, but it’s not just Coulter.
They’re all trying to sell books.
Newt Gingrich was on Fox News a week before
cheering on the shutdown
while trying to sell his book!
Now author of the best-selling book
Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Nation’s
Great Comeback.
The president’s position ought to be
that we’re not going to kick the can any further
down the road.
Right-wing commentators have no incentive
to compromise.
The more Republicans embrace shutdowns as
a political tactic,
the more right-wing media will come to expect
and demand it from them.
Donald Trump can win this.
If he hangs on and continues down this road,
at some point, there’s going to be a shift.
And you can hear it in the way Trump supporters
defended his decision to reopen the government.
For all the pundits who said over the weekend
Trump caved,
that’s a little early, isn’t it?
Because this is not done.
This game isn’t over.
This is halftime at the Super Bowl.
The pattern is already restarting.
This war is not over.
The battle may be over, but the war never
really ends.
This president lives to fight another day.

100 thoughts to “Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns”

  1. Would love to see a video about ANWR drilling, the view of it for the natives in Alaska. And how Sen. Murkowski went against her state to get it included in law to open it up for drilling.

  2. I know this is true and love the video, but I wonder what the goal of Vox is for producing this video. What kinds of change are you expecting by producing this?

  3. This is what happens when a red wave rides over a country for almost 40 years 🤗 republicans say it’s their way or no way . Smh

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  5. The Democrats are who cause them shutdown! The Republicans were willing to negotiate, and talk to the Democrats. The Democrats did not. That’s why the government shut down because the Democrats were to stubborn

  6. I honestly don't see how Fox is still allowed to called themselves News on air. I get that we have freedom of speech but this propaganda is extremely irresponsible

  7. This is very one sided Obama shut down the government several times when he was in office but god forbid trump does it once or twice.

  8. Does he realize that 5 billion dollars is not a lot, America puts over one trillion dollars in the military budget

  9. The idea that there are people that enjoy this kind of cucked out reporting is so tragic, I don't know if it's college, Tumblr or what, but it's just sad to think that being an estrogen based soyboy is a genuine selling point to certain deranged audiences.

  10. as a non american
    i have done a ton of research on both "the left" and "the right"
    and both of them are cancer.

    and for people that say "fox news" is bad and then they tune in to watch CNN you are a sheep. CNN has the same, if not more propaganda then Fox news. it might just fly over your head without you realizing it.

  11. Fox news is just as bad as CNN and the rest of the left media terrorists. Fox has been banned from my tv and household with no mention of them at all allowed. They have turned against the american people just like the left has and my family and friends and their friends will no longer have them on at home along with the rest of the bad media. They have turned into the new CNN and condone what the left says while holding double standards for the conservatives. Well Fox your ratings will now fall to the level of your bedtime friends at CNN…rinos !!

  12. This is why the rest of the world is laughing at us. Because for years now even before Trump, our government has become a popularity contest rather then a system that actually governs the people and the country.

  13. This video is just another video used as a ploy to lure in the public, just like the “russian scandal” all talk with nothing to show. mob mentality inorder to force things on a country isn’t right. please keep in mind $5 billion dollars for a wall or $90 TRILLION dollars if we implemented the green new deal idk man seems fake af

  14. When other countries make fun of USA's current situation, they receive the famous question from Americans; "and what country did you came from?".. No need for replays, cause by asking that we already know you – American- already won.. World greatest country yet the most wicked of them all,
    I don't know if Americans are fooling themselves or fooling us, but deep inside they're all pretty satisfied about Trump's presidency, he might be umbaressing for them but the results of him fooling around is to hide his wise decisions, quick solutions.. If it was the case Americans will vote for him again,

  15. that man is a fascist, you boys better be careful over there because it always comes in a familiar form you feel me

  16. laughs in Spanish Fox News go @#** yourself. News shouldn’t take side just report and done. (That goes for every news site I just don’t like fox)

  17. " That's a dream for a conservative. When nonessential federal employees are not being paid with my tax dollars " – Laura Ingraham

  18. If i ever get rich i'll buy many of the various right winged media companies like fox news and breitbart etc. And make them not so right winged

  19. Main stream media controlled the Muller investigation.
    Media is all about hate.
    Trashing our President daily isn't news.

  20. I'm not American, but shutdowns and purpusly creating a budget that collapses the federal government manifestation of the Republicans' new "My way or High way" approach. They think that they can rule the USA even when they don't have the Presidency or a majority in congress

  21. All the right-wing news people have the appearance of being dead inside. It is very creepy. It appears thinking like they do kills your soul from all the hate they try to inspire.

  22. There is a reason Why Fox news is the first câble news in the World while cnn is struggling to surpasse food TV..

  23. Trump got what he wanted, the longest shutdown in history–many people say the greatest shutdown in history, the greatest–so once he achieved that he could back off

  24. Vox left wing totalitarians forgot to delete this video. How embarrassing. Hopefully they'll leave it up so we can look back in history and talk about how the propagandists brainwashed the hippies in CA to think they knew ever so better compared to the rest of the world.

  25. I'm sorry you guys have Trump, here in Brasil we have the even dumber (hard to believe, I know) version of Trump, Bolsonaro

  26. You shouldn't be able to have a driver license unless you Know the basics of finance, economics, political science.

  27. This is why you shouldn’t make promises that you can’t keep. If it’s a bad idea to build a wall don’t promise that you are gonna do it 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️

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