Chuck Schumer thought his plan was fool proof.
Obstruct everything President Trump did until Election Day in order to drive down Trump’s approval numbers.
That all changed when Schumer got the worst surprise of his life.
Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government over Democrats’ refusal to support funding for a wall on the Southern border.
Democrats thought they had the upper hand in this fight because of their unanimous opposition.
But Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly – one of the most vulnerable Democrats running for re-election in 2018 broke with Schumer and vowed to support funding for Trump’s wall.
Donnelly said that he does “not want under any circumstances” a government shutdown and said that Congress should “absolutely” partially fund the president’s wall.
“I’m fine with providing him some more. I actually voted for border wall funding three different times,” Donnelly told Politico on Wednesday. “I’m fine with that. I’m fine with $3 [billion], $3.5, $4 or $5” billion this fall.
Donnelly also said that he has supported President Trump’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) solution, which would provide $25 billion for the wall, cut legal immigration, and grant amnesty for roughly 1.8 million illegal aliens.
Braun, Donnelly’s Republican opponent for the U.S. Senate, suggested that Donnelly caved to increasing political pressure to support Trump’s wall amidst a tight Senate race. One poll this summer had businessman Mike Braun beating Donnelly.
The other nine Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016 will also face the same choice.
Will Schumer be able to hold the Democrats together when they have red state senators fighting for their political survival?
President Trump is betting the funding fight before the election is when he will have his most leverage.
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