Could the Democratic leadership behave any more obnoxiously? Before you labor to answer, note that the question was meant to be rhetorical.
For the duration of the shutdown, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were intractable and obstinate. Pelosi in particular bemoaned the poor government employees missing their paychecks while doing nothing to correct that problem, including staying in Washington. When the president extended an olive branch last Saturday, offering to extend DACA and offer $800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, Schumer and Pelosi spit in his face, refusing to meet him even a quarter of the way.
Whenever either of them mentioned the $5.7 billion border barrier the president sought, it was in the form of a lie. Pelosi would claim it’s immoral, whatever that means, or that it’s “too expensive.” Schumer would argue that physical barriers are ineffectual despite having voted the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
Even now that President Trump has agreed to reopen the government for a limited period, Pelosi remains vindictive and petty, continuing to refuse the president’s request to deliver his State of the Union address in the House chamber on Jan. 29, the originally slated date.
And Schumer? In a press conference with Pelosi, he chose this patronizing approach:
The American people do not like it when you throw a wrench into the lives of government workers over an unrelated political dispute. Working people throughout America empathized with the federal workers and were aghast at what the president was doing to them. Hopefully, now the president has learned his lesson. [Emphasis added]
Schumer has been a member of Congress since 1981, yet he still hasn’t learned the “lesson” he is now preaching as was evidenced by the shutdown in February 2018, for which the Democrats took the blame.