When establishment media believes the narrative they push on the public, they can get themselves into trouble. As an example of this, it appears CNN may have thought they had a slam dunk of a story to bash President Donald Trump over — with furloughed workers as guests.
They were wrong. And just how wrong they were became clear in an interview that went in a very different direction from what CNN seems to have expected.
CNN’s Victor Blackwell introduced the topic of the partial government shutdown and border wall funding by referencing a statement from Trump. In it, Trump said he had support from furloughed workers.
“Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, ‘stay out until you get the funding for the wall,'” Trump said, according to ABC News. “These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats.”
Blackwell asked his guests, federal law enforcement officers Charles and Jill Gilbert, if Trump actually had their support. Both had continued to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.
Their response appears to have left Blackwell a bit stumped. As he continued to question them, and even tried to set them up to answer a certain way, they didn’t play along — which left Blackwell silenced at one point and struggling for words.
Charles made it clear that Trump has their support. He also explained why Trump had it and why they felt the wall was worth the sacrifice.
“If its going to defend our country and keep illegals out, keep people from hurting my children, (people) that don’t belong here, yes, I’m all for the wall,’ he said. He added that he would support another shutdown in three weeks if it comes to that.
The couple did not blame Trump, but did point at Congress for the trouble. Jill used the example of their prison work to explain what Congress needs to do.
“We don’t stop what we’re doing in a prison. Our daily operations continue to go regardless if we like someone or not,” she said.
“We still have to have a working relationship with that person. If we don’t like them, we can tell ’em we don’t like them, but we’re still gonna walk out that front door with them, regardless of what happens in that prison.”
The couple did express some frustration over being used as pawns by Congress. They said they hoped that federal workers would one day be exempted from being used by warring parties of elected officials.
Jill seemed certain that the shutdown would be reinstated. She said without an exemption, federal workers going without pay will continue to be a talking point held over their head that gives the warring parties power to continue to war with each other.
The Democrats have three weeks to come to a resolution with Republicans. And such a resolution will need to include wall funding or the partial government shutdown will be reinstated.
If the Democrats continue to resist approving the funding, which they have done previously, federal workers will again be held hostage by partisan politics. And despite the narrative being run by establishment media, it appears people like the Gilberts, even when used as pawns by Congress, will continue to support the president in his quest to keep America safe.
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