Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Saturday, accusing the president of “holding the government hostage” with his “temper tantrum” over border funding.
“Donald Trump is holding the government hostage over an unrealistic and inflammatory promise he made to his supporters,” Steyer, a vocal Trump critic who has called for his impeachment, said in a statement.
”His temper tantrum will cost more than 420,000 federal employees their pay over the holidays, and another 380,000 people will be placed on temporary leave without pay.”
Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (Calif.) and a number of other Democrats have used similar language, dubbing the latest partial government shutdown a result of the president’s “temper tantrum.”
“This is just another example of why Trump is unfit for office,” Steyer said in his statement Saturday.
“He must be removed. He has knowingly and repeatedly obstructed justice, eroded our democracy to enrich himself, has been implicated in several felonies, and just this week, was forced to dissolve his corrupt foundation. It is no longer a question of whether he should be impeached, but of whether members of Congress will have the courage to remove him from power.”
Steyer founded Need to Impeach, a campaign aimed at removing Trump from the presidency, last year. The billionaire hedge fudge manager has funneled more than $40 million into the effort.
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The environmental activist has been mulling a possible 2020 White House bid in an effort to take on Trump and has visited a series of early voting states while exploring a bid.
“We need a president who fights for the American people and improves our country, not one who threatens the jobs and well-being of federal employees to promote his racist agenda,” he said Saturday.
A partial government shutdown began Saturday after the Senate could not find a compromise on the House funding bill passed Thursday, which included $5 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall.