The favorite line of Senator Chuck Schumer nowadays is to somehow work in “temper tantrum” into anything describing President Trump. It has become comical, especially considering how the talking point has turned more humorous than effective.
But he’s not the first Senator to refer to temper tantrums used for shutting down the government. In 2014, he used the term to point to his own colleagues, Republican Senators, including fellow Texan Ted Cruz, over shutting down the government.
“I think that what people want is for government to function… not through temper tantrums and saying we are not going to participate, we are not going to play ball.”
Our government functions based upon reasonable cooperation between opposing groups. Sometimes it’s Capitol Hill versus the White House. Sometimes it’s Republicans versus Democrats. These challenges are resolved because both sides give a little and take a little. Unfortunately, the Democratic leaders are doing everything they can to score political points at the expense of the nation.
As Cornyn knew then and as America is learning now, the real temper tantrum that shuts down the government comes from Capitol Hill. In this case, it’s Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who are saying they’re not going to play ball. Quite sad.