So much for supporting the military “more than every other president before me.”
Courtesy of Military.com:
As Coast Guard paychecks went undelivered Tuesday as the result of an ongoing partial government shutdown, the service’s top officer urged its members to stay the course.
In a public letter published Tuesday afternoon on his social media pages, Adm. Karl Schultz said the day’s missed paycheck, to his knowledge, marked the first time in the history of the nation “that service members in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in government appropriations.”
The Coast Guard, the only military service to fall under the Department of Homeland Security, is also the only service with payroll affected by the shutdown, which began Dec. 22. The Coast Guard was able to issue final paychecks for the year, but will be unable to distribute further pay until a budget deal is reached or another appropriation agreement is made.
In all, some 55,000 Coast Guard active-duty, reserve and civilian members are going without pay; the number includes 42,000 active-duty service members.
Coast Guard civilians have been on furlough or working without pay since the shutdown began.
This is the kind of news that will really impact Trump’s base, and cause them to start reconsidering their blind allegiance.
In fact, that has already started.
Courtesy of WaPo:
During the weekend, polls came out from both CNN and The Washington Post-ABC News, both of which show grim top-line numbers for Trump. CNN’s Jennifer Agiesta reports that “the public generally is more apt to blame the President, with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats.” The Post’s Scott Clement and Dan Balz report similar numbers from the Post-ABC poll: “53 percent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 percent blame the Democrats in Congress.” Both surveys also show majority opposition for building a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and CNN shows a dismally low 37 percent approval rating for Trump, with 57 percent disapproving.
What should really scare Trump is that, according to Agiesta, “the increase in disapproval for the President comes primarily among whites without college degrees, 45% of whom approve and 47% disapprove, marking the first time his approval rating with this group has been underwater in CNN polling since February 2018.”
Trump is failing hard here, but I don’t think there is any way he can solve this problem without making it look as if he is Nancy Pelosi’s little bitch, and I just don’t see him taking that kind of hit.
Ultimately, as we have said before, the only hope is for the Senate Republicans to cave and agree to work with the Democrats on a veto-proof solution.
I have no idea how long that might take, but it is unlikely to happen soon enough to protect some of these more recalcitrant Republicans from being voted out in the next election cycle.