After President Trump’s fourteen-minute speech delivered from the Oval Office to the nation about the ongoing “humanitarian crisis” at the US’ southern border, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered a televised rebuttal.
Not only did the visual of the nation’s foremost Democrats giving their rebuttal quickly become a meme, the address accused the president of creating “a manufactured crisis,” of having “chosen fear” over facts, of governing “by temper tantrum,” and essentially laying the blame for the current partial government shutdown at Trump’s feet.
The president, on the other hand, reiterated his calls to build a border barrier to stop what he characterized as an influx of illegal drugs, human trafficking, and violence:
“Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War,” he said.
As of today, the government shutdown sparked by the border fight is in its nineteenth day.