‘Democrats need to stand up for American values and a check on Trump, over and over again, as many times as they have to…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Leftist activists are warning Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., not to compromise with President Donald Trump on funding for the border wall.
“Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democratic control of the House to put a check on Trump on exactly this kind of reckless behavior,” Charles Chamberlain, chairman of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group, said.
“Democrats need to stand up for American values and a check on Trump, over and over again, as many times as they have to, to defeat the worst policies of this administration,” he said, according to The Hill. “That’s what we’re expecting them to do, and if there’s brinksmanship from Trump that causes damage to America, that’s on Trump.”
Leftists see the fight over border-wall funding as a test for the new Democratic leadership, since many expect the next two years to hold conflict with Trump over other key issues, like trade and health care.
Heidi Hess, the co-director of Credo Action, another progressive group, said that if Schumer and Pelosi don’t hold their ground, they will lose the support of liberals.
“We actually have an opportunity and a mandate as Democrats and progressives to really show what we stand for and how we’re willing to stand up for our values and not compromise them,” she said. “It’s certainly our belief that’s what Pelosi and Schumer should do.”
Schumer and Pelosi haven’t made any concessions to Trump, but the president thus far has stood his ground on demands for funding.
The result has been an ongoing government shutdown that could continue into the next few weeks.
“We just don’t see any reason why Democrats should be compromising,” Hess told The Hill. “This is Trump’s shutdown over a wall that is going to do nothing, that he promised Mexico would pay for.”