On his radio show Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh said if President Trump backs down on his demand for $5 billion in border security funding, it shows that Democrats can get "pretty much what they want" by threatening to shut down the government.

Trump last week said he is willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn't include funding for border security -- including his long-promised border wall -- in a year-end spending bill.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, however, seemed to back off that position Tuesday, telling Fox News that the White House could support a compromise short-term spending bill to avoid a shutdown, while looking at "other ways" of getting $5 billion for border security.

"If that’s true, it means the Democrats can get pretty much what they want and block anything they don’t want simply by promising to shut down the government, because that’s what’s on the table," Limbaugh said.

He said the irony is that polling data has started to show that government shutdowns have lost their impact in terms of benefiting the Democrats.

"There have been so many of ’em, there have been so many threats, and nothing happens," Limbaugh said. "Seasoned citizens finally stopped listening to Democrats, and the polling data suggests much the same thing is happening here with this never-ending, 'Republicans want to shut down the government and deny you your benefits.'"

"This is all smoke and mirrors and made up."

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