Or at least Chuck Schumer wanted us all to believe he was. We’ve learned to never, ever take anything that comes out of Chuck Schumer’s mouth with anything more than a grain of salt, because he’s proven to be a shameless, ridiculous liar.
Want proof? Here’s a mashup of Chuck Schumer then…
How does this hypocritical snake oil salesman sleep at night? pic.twitter.com/9i9j1GdM8m
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 31, 2018
And here’s Schumer now…
On the Friday before Christmas and with hours to spare before the deadline, it appeared that Pence and Schumer might have something. Rank-and-file Republicans persuaded the president to send Pence to the Capitol along with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and senior adviser Jared Kushner. They met extensively with Schumer, and hopes rose that a shutdown could be averted.
A senior White House official said Trump dispatched the trio to meet with Schumer — a move that came at the request of Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) — “because of their experience negotiating on the Hill.” A second aide suggested that Pence was doing the dirty work because Trump didn’t want to be in a room with the New York Democrat after their relationship disintegrated during a stunning public squabble in the Oval Office earlier this month.
“The vice president was very direct about the position of the White House during their latest meeting, and he went down there to make sure that was communicated properly,” the senior White House official told POLITICO.
Yet Schumer didn’t entirely buy that Pence had authority from the president to negotiate. Democrats say Trump’s allies have offered so many different messages on the shutdown that they can hardly keep track: from the conciliatory words conveyed by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders days before funding lapsed, to the hard-line stance from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) once the shutdown began.
So when Schumer and Pence sat down on Dec. 22 — the last real substantive talks between Democrats and Republicans — hopes were dim that the two could strike a deal that could satisfy both the president the Democratic base. And Pence’s request for roughly half the $5 billion for the wall that the president wanted was quickly dismissed by Democrats.
“Senator Schumer made clear to the vice president, in private after their Saturday meeting, that the offer would not pass the Senate, and told the vice president that we would not consider any offer the president has not publicly endorsed, given that the president has changed his position so many times,” said Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer.
Don’t believe for one second that Schumer won’t deal with Pence because he’s nervous about whether Trump will accept the result of the deal. Schumer is bought and paid for by the Hard Left which now controls the Democrat Party, and as a slave to his new masters he will do their bidding and only their bidding, and the Hard Left wants no border at all.
So this shutdown will continue for the foreseeable future. So be it. And while Trump’s approval ratings are down, there is no real reason why he should be overly concerned. The Democrats aren’t going to win the shutdown unless something changes, because you can’t beat Donald Trump with Liz Warren or Kamala Harris – and Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are bound to be far more unpopular than the President once the country gets to see a bit more of their governing style.