Former President Donald Trump came out in support of a government shutdown later this fall if Republicans in Congress don't get an "appropriate deal" to bring spending under control.
Responding to a question about whether House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) should drop spending demands because of the Biden impeachment inquiry, Trump said, “No, I think if they don’t get a fair deal — we have to save our country. We’re at $35 trillion in debt, we have to save our country."
“I’d shut down the government if they can’t make an appropriate deal, absolutely,” he told "Meet the Press"'s Kristin Walker.
If a deal isn't reached by the end of the month, there won't be any more time to do so because of the Fall recess.
The Freedom Caucus in the House could make it hard to come to even a continuing resolution that would give more time to reach a deal, because they have said they won't support a short-term deal unless it deals with the situation at the southern border, the “weaponization” of the Department of Justice and “woke policies in the Pentagon.”
These restrictions will likely make it almost impossible to broker a deal with Democrats, who think more money should be spent.
The government shut down twice during Trump's term as president, once for a few days in 2018 and then for 35 days in 2019, the longest the government has ever been shut down.
The second shutdown was over funding for a border wall. Trump ended up taking the funding from another area to get that priority going, only to be shut down by President Joe Biden when he got into office.
Of course, the mainstream media always unfairly blames Republicans for any shutdown no matter whose fault it is.
Government shutdowns are unpopular, but if it's the right thing to do, it should turn out all right in the end.
Voters will see positive results from the actions taken by Republicans and will forgive them for causing a shutdown if it happens.
Generally, any anger is a temporary thing and should fade by voting time.
Furthermore, McCarthy has been under the gun on spending and will face threats to his speakership from the Freedom Caucus if he doesn't hold firm to demands for spending reductions.
The extremely narrow Republican House majority continues to cause problems for McCarthy and narrows the chances of getting conservative legislation passed.