Shapiro: Schumer Shut Down Gov't for 'Literally No Reason,' Got Nothing From Trump or McConnell
Ben Shapiro shared his winners and losers from the government shutdown and weighed in on what he believes will happen next.
He said the biggest loser is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who shut down the government "for literally no reason" and got nothing in return.
Schumer and fellow Senate Democrats forced the shutdown over the weekend after insisting that a spending bill to keep the government fully operational include permanent protections for the so-called DREAMers -- immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.
"Even members of his own party -- Nancy Pelosi, all the senators who want to run in 2020 on the Democratic side -- have been ripping him up and down. I don't think that that's likely to stop," Shapiro said on "Fox & Friends."
The Daily Wire editor-in-chief said most Americans would not support failing to pay members of the military during a shutdown over protections for illegal immigrants, leading to a lack of support from some red-state Democrats.
"This is the math you're doing? Democrats realized that," said Shapiro.
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He said that President Trump, on the other hand, is a big winner, because he didn’t have to give up anything in order to get past the government shutdown.
"Mitch McConnell is looking more and more clever by the day over the past several months," Shapiro added. "Not only ushering tax cuts through the Senate but also preventing Schumer from continuing to shut down the government by offering essentially nothing in return."
He said the entire Democratic Party appears to be in disarray, which could give Trump leverage for securing a better deal before the next government shutdown deadline on February 8.
Shapiro explained that Trump can refuse to budge on DREAMers and DACA if he doesn't get serious immigration reform in return, including enhanced border security, a crackdown on chain migration and revisions to the diversity visa lottery program.
"I think that so long as Trump stands fast and he stands with folks like Tom Cotton and, yes, Steve Miller, I think that he’s going to be able to get a much better deal out of Democrats than skeptics thought just a few weeks ago."
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