Fox News host Shep Smith on Tuesday interrupted a live Senate floor speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to provide viewers with a real-time fact-check.
McConnell claimed that Democrats have shut down the government and are throwing a “partisan tantrum,” conveniently leaving out the fact that the President said in December that he would own a federal government shutdown and threatened on Friday to keep the government closed for months or years unless Congress provides him with $5 billion dollars to build his border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Smith reminded viewers that Trump campaigned on the promise that he would make Mexico pay for the wall, and not the American taxpayer, as he is now demanding with the shutdown.
“Democrats insist that proposal is not possible,” the host said after McConnell claimed he’s optimistic that a “negotiated solution” resulting in a border wall will emerge between Congressional Democrats and Republicans.
“Now the president says he will keep the government shut down, he said for months or years if necessary, while waiting for the funding which the House of Representatives says it will not give,” he added. “So there’s the impasse. One side or the other must budge at some point.”
“At the moment the ones in charge of the purse strings are Democrats in the House of Representatives,” Smith concluded, “and they’re not giving him the money — at least not now.”