Fox News host and right-wing radio personality Mark Levin ripped into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday night after they delivered the Democrat’s response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall speech. Levin called the Democrats "pathological liars" and "scam artists."
“First of all, the president gave an outstanding speech. It was concise. It was compassionate and truly compassionate," Levin claimed of Trump’s speech, which was widely panned for misleading and factually inaccurate statements.
"Let’s keep a few things in mind when you watch Schumer and Pelosi. They're pathological liars," Levin continued. "They've been in Congress over half a century. What the hell have they done about the border? Nothing. They're part of the scam artists. They get amnesty, legalization, citizenship, and never secure the border."
Levin claimed that both leaders have a history of scamming Repulican leaders, "One more time — they fooled Reagan. They fooled Bush 41. They fooled Bush 43. But they're not going to fool Donald Trump who has got tougher than Pelosi and Schumer.”
Trump and the Democrats have been dueling during a partial government shutdown over his demands for — and their opposition to — $5.7 billion to begin building a border wall with Mexico. Some 800,000 federal employees are working without pay or have been furloughed at dozens of federal agencies, and each side is blaming the other for the closure.
The longest shutdown ever was 21 days that stretched from December 1995 into January 1996.
Polls have shown that Trump’s proposed wall and the shutdown fight have played well with his die-hard conservative supporters, but poorly with the general public. The wall was one of Trump’s highest-profile campaign promises and his performance on that issue could have a major impact on his 2020 re-election effort, while Democrats have made opposition to the proposal a cornerstone goal.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump forced the shutdown due to “his obsession” with a costly, ineffective wall, which she recently called “immoral.”
“President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government,” she said.
“Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis.”
The Democrats’ remarks lasted just over four minutes, compared with more than nine minutes for Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this article
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