Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on CNN Monday afternoon to try to spin the Democrats’ loss over the government shutdown. Schultz told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that she was disappointed that Democrats struck a deal with Republicans to keep the government open, largely capitulating to GOP terms.
Earlier on Monday, Schultz’s Democratic colleagues in the Senate voted to reopen the government by a large majority.
Schultz said she was disappointed in the decision and what it might mean for dreamers and DACA recipients. The federal government was originally closed down by Democrats refusing to vote on a budget that did not include citizenship for illegal immigrants.
When Schultz was asked point-blank what the point of the government shutdown was her response left Baldwin’s jaw on the floor. “What one thing did [Schumer] get, you know, from Republicans, to justify shutting down the government in the first place?” Baldwin asked. DWS replied:
“The one thing, I would say, that [Schumer] did get is the potential for momentum.”
Baldwin looked stunned and asked if the “potential for momentum” was “really worth it to shut down the government?”
Wasserman Schultz responded “Republicans should be asking that question because they shut it down. This is Trump’s shutdown.”
Baldwin just looked shocked.
WATCH the full exchange below: