Gohmert to ‘Fox & Friends’: Extend shutdown for wall ‘until hell freezes over’
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday during an interview with “Fox & Friends” that the government shutdown should continue “until hell freezes over” if funding for a southern border wall isn’t secured.
The comments from Gohmert come as the government continued its partial shutdown for a seventh day with an agreement unlikely to come before the end of the year. The shutdown began Saturday after the president’s demand that $5 billion be included in a spending measure for wall funding was rejected by Democrats.
“Congressman, how long should the President keep the government closed?” asked “Fox & Friends” co-host Griff Jenkins.
“Again, it’s only a part of 25 percent,” noted Gohmert in response. Congress has already approved prior to the current shutdown that 75 percent of the government be funded through September 2019.
“And because we keep seeing people losing their lives without one, you do it till hell freezes over,” the congressman added.
“January, February?” Jenkins attempted to clarify.
“Until hell freezes over,” Gohmert insisted. “Because we owe it to our country. And the best thing we could do compassionately for Mexico and Central America is not give them money that ends up in the hands of drug cartels.
“It’s to secure the border so the drugs quit coming and we don’t lose 70,000 more lives a year and Mexico becomes the top 10 economy because we get out the corruption. That’s compassion.”
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday with a threat to “close the Southern Border entirely” if any agreement cannot be made with “obstructionist” Democrats over funding.
“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president tweeted to his more than 56 million followers. “Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”
We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018