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As the Trump shutdown lingers, Trump himself is baffled that his insults, tantrums, and unpopular demands aren’t working.
“We are getting crushed!” Trump told White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, according to the New York Times. Trump, who was reacting to unflattering news coverage of the shutdown, bellowed, “Why can’t we get a deal?”
Trump may be understandably confused. For the past two years, he has relied on insulting congressional leaders and throwing childlike hissy fits in order to get his way. And when Trump lackeys like former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) were in charge of Congress, the GOP would acquiesce to whatever he demanded.…