WATCH: GOP Sen. Admits ‘Nobody Else’s Fault But The Republican Party’ For Gov Shut Down
Admitting the obvious when he admitted that the Republican Party would be to blame for any government shutdown, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) is now contradicting himself as the Republican-controlled Congress races towards a shutdown.
Heller, considered the most vulnerable senator facing re-election in 2018, is the only Republican senator running in a state that Hill Clinton won in 2016. And his blatant flip-flop on the shutdown is only likely going to add to his political woes.
After blaming Republicans for the budget impasse, Heller is now reading off the official GOP talking points.
“Despite the Democrats’ political spectacle, I’m pleased that the House ultimately passed the continuing resolution,” he said Thursday after Republicans in the House OK’d a short-term spending bill that currently does not have enough votes to pass in the Senate. That bill is needed to keep the government funded.
If it fails, Republicans will try to pin blame for the federal work stoppage on Democrats. But voters aren’t buying it.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a strong plurality will fault Republicans if the government closes up shop on Friday. Just like they faulted Republicans in 1996 and 2103.
Perhaps one reason so many people blame Republicans, aside from the fact that the GOP firmly controls all levers of power in the government, is because Republicans like Heller have also previously blamed Republicans.
Earlier today, Fox host Shepard Smith delivered a scathing rebuke of the Trump camp’s fake talking points, while pointing out the GOP’s absurd strategy of passing the buck on the shut down.
“You can’t blame Democrats for shut down when you’re in charge of everything,” Smith said.
Heller himself told NBC News last summer: “As a party, it’s not in our best interest to shut the government down. There will be no excuses and nobody else’s fault but the Republican Party if this government gets shut down.”
But under Donald Trump’s watch anything is possible. And last week when he destroyed on-going negotiations with Democrats over the issue of immigration by degrading African countries as “shitholes,” Trump made sure the government would careen towards a possible closure.
Watch Heller’s interview below: