The partial government shutdown was finally set to end after more than a month of the president holding federal workers hostage so that he could secure funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border. The shutdown forced many government employees to bypass certain necessities, such as medication and food, in order to pay bills while their paychecks were withheld.
But if there was any humor to be had from the news Friday that the 35-day partial shutdown was coming to an end, it was the glaring fact that the very reason the government closed — funding for the wall — was not resolved.
“President Donald Trump says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks — until Feb. 15,” the Associated Press reported.
About 800,000 government employees were affected by what became the longest government shutdown in American history.
Democrats, led by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, refused to compromise with Trump’s demand for border wall funding. Trump, s you might remember, famously said he would be “proud” to shut down the government just to get that funding. In the end, all he got was egg on his face.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a White House meeting on Dec. 11. “So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”
Over the past 35 days, Trump tried everything to justify his wall, including disingenuously pandering to two core demographics that he’s routinely disrespected: Blacks and Hispanics. IN his first speech from the Oval Office earlier this month, Trump tried to falsely show how even Black and brown folks were concerned about immigration, thus his border wall, partly because they were losing out on earning money.
“[A]ll Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages,” he said Jan. 8. “Among those hardest hit are African-Americans and Hispanic Americans” — the same people who Trump has routinely tried to criminalize in order to stoke the flames of xenophobic fear.
Social media users promptly sounded off at Trump’s clear political loss that came on the same day one of his allies, Roger Stone, was arrested by the FBI because of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s widening probe over alleged collusion with Russia to get the president elected in 2016.
While the shutdown has had some very serious ramifications, there was still room for some comedic relief now that it has ended — for now. See some of the funnier responses below.