Progressive activists are seething after Democratic Senators caved and ended the government shutdown after just three days on Monday.
Multiple journalists pondered what was accomplished by the shutdown, considering it resulted in no major victories for Democrats, capitulated to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s terms and gave Trump an easy messaging win.
The move also failed to guarantee — beyond the word of Chuck Schumer — the future of DACA legislation. The shutdown infuriated liberal activists who viewed the Democrats as surrendering to Republicans over the issue of Dreamers and illegal immigration.
Millions of people flooded the streets of every major American city to stand up to Trump this weekend.
Your constituents want you to fight. How can you possibly not understand that?
— Leah Clean DREAM Now Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) January 22, 2018
Congress votes on a 3 week CR w/out #DreamAct. Dems failed to fight & use their leverage to protect immigrant youth. A false promise to vote on immigration from Rs is not a strategy to win. We won’t be fooled. This vote means deportation. Won’t stop fighting! #DreamActNow
— Cristina Jimenez (@CrisAlexJimenez) January 22, 2018
Immigration activist Rep. Luis Gutierrez angrily said of his fellow Democrats, “They caved. They blinked. That’s what they do.”
Reporters from a wide variety of news outlets also questioned the intelligence of the Democrat shutdown strategy.
Can someone clearly state what exactly Chuck Schumer extracted from McConnell by shutting down the government?
— David Chalian (@DavidChalian) January 22, 2018
Not sure I understand the point of the last three days.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 22, 2018
Democrats have managed to accede to Republican demands, demoralize their energized base, give a disengaged president a win, and look like they held a meaningless three day government shutdown — all at once.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 22, 2018
We now await Democrats’ spin about how this isn’t a cave
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 22, 2018
If this thing passes at noon, WOW. Democrats got nothing in this. Can someone please remind me why this happened to begin with? Wasn’t it abt a DACA deal? There is no DACA deal
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 22, 2018
Ultimately, Republicans gained much more from the shutdown than the Democrats. They demonstrated consistency in message, willingness to govern and true leverage over the immigration debate. Trump called Schumer’s bluff and he caved, a point noted by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders at Monday’s briefing.