Democrats are in full panic after they have lost the support of their biggest defenders: the mainstream
liberal media. They have counted on the media to carry their water and talking points for decades. They expected nothing less in the continued battle over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Democrats insist that the government must be shutdown in order for amnesty to be granted to illegal aliens. They believe the American people want this and are ready to fight President Trump and Republicans on this matter. But if how the normally reliable left-wing media is responding, that could not be further from the truth.
The left almost always wins a public relations battle because of their alliance with the media. So it was quite surprising that the White House, which the media hates, actually got the better end of the stick on this one.
The Trump White House has labeled this battle the #SchumerShutdown and to everyone’s surprise – that has stuck:
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 20, 2018
Democrats can shut down the government, but not the booming Trump economy, millions of new jobs, low unemployment for women, blacks & hispanics, tax cuts for families and businesses, ObamaCare individual mandate repeal, or winning campaign to defeat ISIS. https://t.co/n0nMwkr2sY
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 21, 2018
The New York Times, the holy grail for liberalism, put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats saying, “Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open,” in their app on mobile notifications. And that was enough to make Democrats panic. Dan Pfeiffer, a former official in the Obama Administration was not happy about the way this was portrayed:
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 20, 2018
Clearly upset, Pfeiffer was appalled that the NY Times would dare to question the motives of Democrats. And of course, Twitter ate him alive:
This is the attitude of someone that expects 100% Democrat messaging advanced no matter the circumstances.
— Carl Gustav Shutdown Your Mom (@CaptYonah) January 20, 2018
We expect media to report facts honestly. The facts are it takes 60 votes & Republicans have 51. This is not a circumstance where a single vote advantage makes a difference. The Democrats are CHOOSING to not work in a bipartisan manner. This failure falls on Democrats. Wake up!
— Wendy-USMC Mom (@Wrileygirl1961) January 20, 2018
And the Associated Press also went the same direction as the NY Times:
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 20, 2018
And yet, the left spent much of the day trying to refute these narratives:
love to see the times righteously admonishing our dem-controlled government pic.twitter.com/NjJJKzfy7K
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 20, 2018
This is not Chuck Schumer’s shutdown. This is not Mitch McConnell’s shutdown. This is Donald Trump and Stephen Miller’s shutdown. This is the result of a confused, chaotic White House.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 20, 2018
Dems obviously pushed for the DACA resolution, which is part of why we are here. But McConnell is taking surprisingly little heat for going back on his promise of an immigration vote in January. Is it just acknowledged that he misled Flake and others? https://t.co/9v97UMkpR9
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 20, 2018
And even Slate, a liberal publication, agreed with the NY Times:
“A group of mostly Senate Democrats filibustered a Republican bill to fund the government Friday night, and the government is now officially in a shutdown.
“McConnell believes that the Democrats have made an incredibly stupid move: filibustering a spending bill, none of the contents of which they objected to, in order to secure a deal related to ‘the issue of illegal immigration.’ Though finding a solution for the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program polls well, a shutdown over the issue does not, and it especially does not in the states where Senate Democrats are most vulnerable.”