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Donald Trump’s first few months in the White House have been a disaster. The opposition to his agenda continues to grow stronger, so he is now calling for a government shutdown, with no concern for the damage that would do to America.

Trump took Twitter — his preferred outlet for whining when he does not get his way — to complain about Congress’s new budget deal. As with nearly everything associated with his presidency, the spending bill was a political loss for him. He did not get funding for his border wall, and Democrats succeeded in protecting Obamacare and Planned Parenthood funding.

Trump blamed the compromise bill on Republicans’ failure to get 60 votes in the Senate, and then called on them to trigger the nuclear option — as they did earlier this year to force Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court — to lower the requirement for passing a bill to 51 votes.

And then Trump called for a shocking and damaging “solution” to his problem of insufficient support for his agenda, tweeting, “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) pointed out that Trump is calling for a shutdown because he “got beat by Democrats” on the spending bill, and now wants “a government shutdown because he didn’t get his way.”

Just a few days ago, Trump was arguing that Democrats were threatening to shut down the government (they weren’t) and said to do so would be “terrible.” He was right in his characterization of the effect of a shutdown, which happened in 2013 when Republicans threw a tantrum about President Obama.

Thanks to the Republican shutdown in 2013, 800,000 federal employees ended up out of work without being paid, while more than a million other employees had their paychecks delayed indefinitely. Millions of veterans and their families did not receive their benefits.

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