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Donald Trump lied when he told his supporters that Mexico would pay for his wall.

Panicked, by the taunts of conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, who demanded he build the wall; terrified of loosing his base. Trump did something that no president had ever done, he shut down the government for 35 days.

Trump held 800,000 unemployed federal employees hostage. Trump did it to extort Congress into giving him $5.7 billion to begin building an unneeded wall. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said no.

In the end, Trump sheepishly announced a short-term deal to reopen after the 35-day government shutdown debacle that he created. The deal will last until Feb. 15 and includes no money for his wall; what will happen after the 15th?

Trump could declare a national emergency to fund his wall. Evidence of a national emergency on the southern border is extremely weak. The emergency action would face legal challenges in the federal courts and Trump would lose. Making him look weaker.

Trump’s wall is a symbol of hate. Trump preaches an untruthful, immoral ideology, which has convinced his supporters, that if they could keep everyone out of America, who they don’t like, America would be a better place to live.

Come the 2020 presidential election, those Americans who were held hostage, their families, neighbors, friends and the bulk of our nation, will never forget the cruel unnecessary trauma Trump put them through.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Trump’s shutdown cost the American economy $11 billion.

Trump’s secret cabal of unprincipled, unethical, indicted cronies are being brought to justice by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Trump’s weekly Gallup poll shows a 59 percent disapproval rating. You can’t win a presidential election in 2020 with those numbers.

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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