Senator Lindsey Graham: Today, Trump just ended his presidency
Republicans favorite Senator Lindsey Graham said as recently as January 2nd, only a couple weeks ago, that if President Trump signed a bill without money for the wall, that would most likely be the end of his presidency.
Here were his exact words:
"He’s not going to sign a bill that doesn’t have money for the wall... if he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president. That’s probably the end of his presidency."
Well, that's exactly what is happening today.
Trump announced from the Rose Garden of the White House that he would sign a bill without wall funding that would re-open government for at least three weeks.
Trump wasn't able to withstand the pressure of air traffic controllers not showing up for work. The nation's security was being threatened. Pelosi didn't flinch but Trump did.
Trump said that he expects Congress to act and if they don't in the future, he would do this all over again. The same exact same pressure would be on Trump in the future, too, so that is a positive sign for Democrats.
On the other hand, Trump claims he has other powers he could use but he just didn't want to yet, i.e. meaning he could try to go around Congress and use the military to build his wall. He doesn't want to do that. It would be politically very hard to pull off. This would be another win for Democrats.
Maybe Lindsey Graham is right: this decision by Trump was the eventual end of his presidency. Maybe not right now, but later on when Trump loses his other battles with Nancy Pelosi.
If today signaled anything, it's that Trump can't stomach a shutdown, especially when he is the one everyone is blaming.