I appreciate that Schumer is already associating formal impeachment in the House with another potential government shut down.
Trump views allowing the government to shut down by not approving funding as a power move, a way to stick it House and Senate Dems. Republicans point to government shut downs to illustrate the brokenness of the government as a whole.
Moscow Mitch McConnell has already said he wants a speedy impeachment trial in the Senate, with the whole thing over before the end of the year. If Republicans choose to side with Trump on a shut down they will:
Be actively keeping thousands of Americans out of work before the holiday season.
Appear corrupt as fuck by supporting Trump’s decision to allow the government shut down, at a time when he is being investigated by a co-equal branch of government.
I don’t really see any positives for Republicans here.
By putting his diversion from impeachment via government shut down theory out there now, well before the average person is worried about being out of work/a lack of government services they depend on, Schumer is ensuring it will be a major talking point leading up to that Nov. 21 deadline. It’s all about public opinion, Republicans, Democrats and Trump know that. Trump supporters are just as self-interested as he is. Certainly many will feel the repercussions of a government shut down. All who do won’t be happy that Trump is hindering their ability to put gifts under the Christmas tree to protect himself.
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