Democrats are not happy about House Republicans passing a bill on Thursday night to fund a major portion of the border wall.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “All In” with host Chris Hayes, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, melted down and launched into a profanity-laced diatribe over House Republicans approving a bill that allocates $5.7 billion in funding for the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“And only to have President Trump get all worked up because he’s got some right-wing loud people yelling at him on Fox News and suddenly he says, ‘Well, I don’t think I’m going to sign it.’ So it is very true that he will bring on the shutdown and he has to take responsibility for it,” Hirono said.
“Any effort on his part to blame the Democrats will be such bullshit—that as I said before—I would hardly be able to stand it,” she added.
The Hawaii Democrat went on to attack Trump’s leadership, saying: “I feel as though we have been on a roller coaster with him at the controls.”
She criticized Trump for announcing that the U.S. would be withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
Hirono suggested, without any evidence to support her claim, that Trump “didn’t discuss it with anybody—including [Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis]—giving a huge Christmas present to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and to Iran.”
“Trump’s worldview is very—how should I say—out of whack,” the senator added. “He comes up with it himself.”
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Hirono’s outburst came in response to House Republicans changing course on Thursday afternoon and voting 217-185 to approve the measure.
The bill will now go to the Senate, where it could face a very difficult task of passing given dozens of Republicans have already left town for the holidays.
The vote came hours after Trump informed House Republican leaders that he would not sign the Senate-passed resolution to fund the government if it did not provide money for the border wall.
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus released a powerful statement telling Trump to stand his ground and demand funding for the wall.
“Republicans in Congress have continually told the American people that we would fight for wall funding, and today the House of Representatives took its first step toward fulfilling that promise. The Senate must follow our lead. It’s time we do what we said and work with President Trump and the American people to secure our borders,” the statement read.
Trump originally wanted $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats only offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer and the most that they could do.
A partial government shutdown is due to go into effect Friday at midnight if no bill is passed.