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Politico: Trump warns of shutdown that could last 'a very long time'
"President Donald Trump warned Friday that “there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time” if the Senate fails to pass a spending bill that includes border wall funding, laying the groundwork to blame Democrats for a pre-Christmas shutdown that would shutter wide swaths of the government."
What does Trump have to lose with a long shutdown? Nothing. His base of supporters will be solidly behind him, and Republicans and Fox News will do what they always do...blame Democrats, especially Nancy Pelosi.
Trump has wanted this shutdown for a long time. He wants a fight.
Some have suggested that the wall is more of the excuse for the fight (shutdown), rather than the other way around. If Dems had come to some compromise on the wall months ago, he would have found something else in the budget to fight about.
It looks like he takes sadistic pleasure in causing pain to people while he demonstrates his "power".
Oh and it deflects the media attention away from his many legal problems.