President Trump did. (See Los Angeles Times, 1/21/2019--Pg. A-6). As verified in The Times, that's who our president listens to--plus his Machiavellian aide Stephen Miller.
Now that most of the grownups, such as Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense secretary James Mattis have been drummed out of the administration, Trump is surrounded by “yes” men . . . so he’s turned instead to Hannity and Coulter to strengthen his backbone. It’s these two, among others, who have mocked him as “weak”—the most derogatory term anyone could use for this narcissist. The country now witnesses a near-inhuman drive to prove those two detractors wrong. Here is a man who would take the stings of an entire country before he’d accept the criticism of two spiteful souls who have called him “weak.”
Still . . . there IS a solution, if only the Senate majority weren’t so afraid of Trump’s “base.” (Another few weeks of shutdown, and the “base” is likely to fade away). The Republican Senate, with agreement from the House, must send Trump a bipartisan bill calling for an unconditional end to the shutdown.
Trump will veto this, of course.
With most of the Senate in agreement, they will vote to override the veto. The Government will re-open and the Senate will emerge as heroes. And God knows, they haven’t enjoyed that role in a very long time.
With all the media talk of solutions to a devastating stalemate, almost none have suggested the Republican Congress can end the impasse once and for all—if only they summon the will to do it.
There must be millions of Americans who wake in the middle of the night—as I do--with a sense of horror that our country is quite literally falling apart. In my dreams I hear myself screaming to our Senators . . . Do what you have to do! And do it NOW!