Donald Trump’s unflinching desire for a border wall and the GOP’s validation thereof are the main forces behind the government shutdown, argues Ezra Klein of Vox. The president derailed a deal that Republicans had already agreed upon with Democrats in Congress. He had even accepted it but turned back because the border wall didn’t get enough funding. The GOP allowing him to do so goes against the principles of American democracy. Congress was intended to limit such destructive behavior. The wall didn’t get the backing Trump wanted because the public doesn’t support it. Republicans have needlessly shut the government down.
Democrats have caused the government shutdown by opposing Donald Trump’s spending bill, writes Ronna McDaniel in Fox News. This stance is not born from genuine ideals but from clear partisanship. Democrats, including Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, have repeatedly voted for expanding border-fencing infrastructure. Today, things are different due to pure politics. America’s safety is jeopardized by lax border security. Democrats should go back to the values they once held and support measures to secure the border. They are holding the country hostage by playing politics over a highly delicate situation.