Chris Wallace: ‘There Is a Great Nervousness’ on the Part of the GOP About Trump’s Shutdown Threat

‘They don’t want to see it before the mid-terms where they think it will create a backlash against them’


WALLACE: "The president — it’s been interesting to watch his stream of consciousness, because he's been very open in the various arguments for and against this. He thinks one, it’s a good issue and bring out the base. He also things — that means doing it before the election around September 30th when the government would run out of money. And he also thinks that it will put more pressure on Democrats because it will be a big issue and they will be asked about it. On the other hand there are an awful lot of the Republicans — he is not on the ballot in November. It’s congressional Republicans in Senate and House on the ballot. They think it’s a terrible idea. Given the threats that he will be blamed and seen as the person who led to the shutdown of the government and generally speaking, in the polls you see that the American public does not like the idea of a shutdown and tends to blame the person they hold responsible for the shutdown. So there is a great nervousness on the part of Republicans. Not so upset about the idea of a shutdown after the mid-terms, maybe in a lame duck session but they don’t want to see it before the mid-terms where they think it will create a backlash against them."

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