Just like his favorite network, Fox News, Donald Trump counts on his rabid fan base to be ill-informed and easily manipulated into believing his lies. No matter how much evidence exists to prove that Trump’s statements are categorically false, his supporters ignore that evidence and call them “fake news” created by the “libtards” to discredit their favorite, racist president who thinks and speaks just like they do.
One of the most disturbing lies Trump has repeated in recent days is that Democratic lawmakers are threatening a government shutdown in order to get their way on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal, which threatens defense spending and defunds the military. His followers, who style themselves as great patriots and the only party who understands how important it is that the military is funded, are more than eager to believe this lie.
The truth is that, during a government shutdown, the military is still funded as essential to the United States. When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the Tea Party shut down the government in 2013 in a misguided attempt to stop Congress from raising the debt ceiling, legislation was quickly passed to ensure that all military members would continue to be paid, as well.
The Republicans sure sang a different tune during that government shutdown.
In fact, the only threat of a government shutdown during the Trump administration came from President Trump himself during his tantrum over the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Here’s the truth: the border wall is unnecessary and will do little to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants coming into the country, which was already declining before Trump took office. Democrats have not threatened a shutdown and the military will continue to be funded. Trump’s propaganda arm, Fox News, has had nearly unanimous 100 percent positive coverage of the president no matter what lies and mistakes he’s made. His approval rating has not doubled among black voters (no matter what Breitbart tells Trump) and instead has fallen by three percent while falling even more among voters of all demographics.Trump is a terrible president leading the country in a backwards direction that is universally bad for everyone.
Don’t tell his supporters, though. They’ll never believe it.
See some of Twitter’s best reactions to the president’s nonsense tweets below: