As the federal shutdown becomes the longest ever, the result of President Trump’s fit-of-pique demand that Congress pay for his beloved border wall, its costs continue to mount.
For air travelers: With many TSA agents not reporting for duty, Miami International Airport closed one terminal.
For people who eat food: With the FDA not open for business, routine inspection of seafood, fruits and vegetables has stopped.
For tourists facing shuttered national parks and museums.
For federal workers — fellow citizens — who Friday began missing paychecks.
Consequences will soon snowball. The federal court system could run out of money; prison guards will be expected to work without pay; food stamp recipients will go without.
Trump threatens to declare a national emergency to redirect funds for a wall while potentially confiscating private property on the border via eminent domain. Sane Republicans are warning him that, even if it’s somehow legal, it’s a precedentially poisonous use of executive power.
The core problem is that most Americans see through this stunt. They know that Trump cannot be trusted.
As a candidate, he promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. He now pretends otherwise.
Torturing facts, he insists there is a crisis at the border when there is none.
He ignores the reality Republicans failed to prioritize funding for the wall when they controlled the Congress.
He acts like he never deep-sixed a deal that would have secured $25 billion for a barrier and added border security in a trade to protect Dreamers.