Post Televised Plea by the President, Washington Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on the “Wall”
As President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, lawmakers from across the state minced no words in what they thought about it.
The primetime address saw Trump argue for funding the long-promised southern border wall, this when there was an extended partial government shutdown.
“It is time for the president to give up on his vanity wall fantasy and allow us to focus on what matters: ending this shutdown,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal in a statement, adding, “The American people are sick and tired of his border wall obsession. What they want is a stable economy, good healthcare, an end to a government shutdown that grows more harmful every day, and common sense reforms to our immigration system.”
A Democrat in Washington’s 7th District, Jayapal’s tweet accompanied this statement: “Trump said it himself: this is about right and wrong. And what he has done—separating families, shutting out legal asylum seekers, detaining more and more people—is just plain wrong. It’s time for him to give up on this vanity wall fantasy and end the #TrumpShutdown.”
The Congresswoman who visited the US-Mexico border last year, also pinned a tweet that said: “Good grief. Trump now says there’s a “humanitarian” crisis on the border. Ummm…he created that by instituting #FamilySeparation, “turnbacks” & shutting down asylum seekers. Reverse those policies… crisis fixed! Meanwhile, 800K workers suffer b/c of “vanity wall.” #TrumpShutdown”
Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat in Washington’s 2nd District, published an article called, “Fact Check: The Administration’s Immigration Claims” on Medium.
Larsen also posted a series of tweets during the president’s address. One of them said: “Fact: The situation at the border is a crisis of the president’s making. The administration’s actions speak louder than words. In another tweet regarding the shutdown, he said: “Not mentioned in the president’s speech: the 800,000 Americans working without pay or not working at all.”
A Democrat in Washington’s 9th District, Rep. Adam Smith, tweeted: “The President’s address tonight reaffirmed what we already know: The President continues to mislead and lie to the American people about immigration & border security to justify the #TrumpShutdown that is hurting families & communities across the country.”
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Smith has been a vocal critic of Trump’s “partisan” policies.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released a statement that read, “The only thing the American people learned tonight is that President Trump is willing to say and do anything in order to justify wasting American taxpayer dollars on his wasteful border wall, including endangering the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers who have no idea when they’ll see their next paycheck.”
The statement further read: “The Trump Shutdown, now in its 18th day, is reckless and wrong. I urge Senate Republican leaders to work with Democrats to act in the best interests of the families they represent by allowing a vote on the bipartisan funding bill that the Senate passed just three weeks ago, and demand President Trump stop wasting precious time and money by doubling down on a shallow campaign promise that everyone knows is not the answer to securing our southern border or making our country safe.”
Murray has been vociferously arguing to end the shutdown, on Tuesday she tweeted: “The only thing the American people learned tonight is that President Trump is willing to say and do anything to justify wasting American taxpayer dollars on his wasteful border wall. The #TrumpShutdown, now in its 18th day, is reckless and wrong.”