Donald Trump is calling on Congressional Republicans to stand up to the Biden administration.
Former President Donald Trump is urging Republicans to “defund all aspects” of President Joe Biden’s government, while incorrectly suggesting that a government shutdown would defund criminal proceedings against him.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has so far been unsuccessful in his attempt to unite moderate and hard-right Republicans to agree on a deal that could avert a shutdown ahead of the September 30 deadline. Some hardliners have vowed to not support any deal without concessions that would stand little chance of passing in the Senate or being signed by the president.
While negotiations are ongoing, Trump on Wednesday night warned his party in a Truth Social post that the showdown represented a “last chance” to defund “political prosecutions” against himself and “other Patriots.” Trump has pleaded not guilty to 91 felony charges this year, claiming to be the victim of “persecution” and “election interference.”
The former president also admonished Republicans for having “failed” earlier this year by agreeing to a deal to raise the debt limit. Before a deal on the debt ceiling was reached, Trump had urged Republicans to refuse to budge on demands for massive spending cuts, even if the demands resulted in the country defaulting on its debt.
Trump told Republicans to “use the power of the purse and defend the Country!”
A very important deadline is approaching at the end of the month. Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government that refuses to close the Border, and treats half the Country as Enemies of the State. This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!