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Dear Mr. President,
Please tell me I didn’t hear you correctly at that rally in Phoenix last week. Did you really say, “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall?” Are you a bully or are you the President of the United States?
A leader inspires people to be their best. A leader encourages cooperation and negotiation. A leader listens and values the opinions of others. Your statement above leads me to believe you have none of these qualities. Rather, you are the playground bully. You call other people names and then say that if you don’t get your way, we’ll all be sorry.
That is not how our government works. We have a system of checks and balances. Congress (not you) makes the laws and sends them to you for your approval or disapproval. This is Civics 101. Let them do their job without your meddling and threats. If Congress decides to appropriate funds to build your ridiculous wall, then it’s on them. If they don’t appropriate the funds, and you shut down the government, then it’s all on you. You’ve got broad shoulders, right? You’ll take the blame? Not! You will immediately start pointing fingers at others, and here we go again.
Your insinuation sounds a lot like blackmail. Do you understand what shutting down the government means? It means our troops do not get paid. Thousands of workers, most of whom rely on their paycheck to live and support their families from week to week, will not get paid. Who is going to ensure our safety? Who is going to look after our food supply, our water and air quality? What about our national parks? What about all the agencies that help with disaster relief, like we’re needing right now with Hurricane Harvey? You’re only hurting the American people, those you have pledged to support, by shutting down the government.
And then of course, you reiterated on Monday that Mexico is going to pay for this wall. Okay. I am confused. If Mexico is paying for the wall, why does the U.S. Congress have to appropriate the funds to build it? Really? What are you talking about?!?!?
Please stop blackmailing Congress and the American people. Quit acting like a spoiled child or a thug. Quit stating that Mexico is going to pay for your wall. If you want it so badly, build it with your own money, and the guard towers can be renamed Trump Towers in your honor.
Please. Act like the president, and the leader this country so desperately needs.