Liberals upset at the government shutdown are now freaking out over the deal reached by politicians to reopen it. Activist groups were extremely angry at how the negotiations turned out with some are calling it the “#SchumerSellout.”
As the nation awoke, magically still here, moving into day three of the government shutdown, liberal advocates and immigration groups fired off a joint statement. The left-leaning groups blasted the Senate vote which cleared the first hurdle to reopen the government as “unacceptable.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s offer to merely hold a vote on immigration with no promises of action from the House or White House, in exchange for Democratic votes to reopen the government was offered to Democrats. Three hours later, Democratic senators agreed to just those terms sparking immense anger from the left.
“Millions of people flooded the streets of every major American city to stand up to Trump this weekend,” tweeted Leah Greenberg, the co-executive director of the influential activist network Indivisible. “Your constituents want you to fight. How can you possibly not understand that?”
Millions of people flooded the streets of every major American city to stand up to Trump this weekend.
Your constituents want you to fight. How can you possibly not understand that?
— Leah Clean DREAM Now Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) January 22, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argued earlier today that Democrats secured critical assurance for Dreamers, who are at risk for deportation as soon as March after President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Murshed Zaheed, political director of the liberal group CREDO Action, said Democrats’ decision shows Schumer’s willingness to betray progressives. “Call it the #SchumerSellout,” he said in an interview. “Hashtagged.”
“We have a way to address the fate of the Dreamers, starting right now instead of waiting until March,” Schumer said on the floor. But the liberals are still furious that Democrats caved so easily.
United We Dream executive director Cristina Jimenez, whose group has mobilized its grassroots to push for Dreamer protection, tweeted that “Dems failed to fight & use their leverage to protect immigrant youth. A false promise to vote on immigration from Rs is not a strategy to win. We won’t be fooled. This vote means deportation.”
Congress votes on a 3 week CR w/out #DreamAct. Dems failed to fight & use their leverage to protect immigrant youth. A false promise to vote on immigration from Rs is not a strategy to win. We won't be fooled. This vote means deportation. Won't stop fighting! #DreamActNow
— Cristina Jimenez (@CrisAlexJimenez) January 22, 2018
House Democratic leaders are expected to vote against the Senate’s three-week government funding patch, which cleared a key procedural hurdle on an 81-18 vote. That opposition may ensure that the ire of activists remains trained on the upper chamber, where only 16 Democrats voted against advancing the stopgap bill.
This is a fun lesson for those on the left. When you put your faith and trust in elitists in suits and not yourself, you’re bound to be disappointed every single time.
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