CNN host Brooke Baldwin was shocked and surprised by what Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said when she was asked what Democrats gained by forcing the government shutdown.
Here's the video of the exchange:
Here's what she said:
"What one thing can you point out that the Democrats, that Leader [Chuck] Schumer (D-N.Y.), what one thing did he get from Republicans to justify shutting down the government in the first place?" Baldwin asked.
"So the one thing I would say that he did get, is the potential for momentum," Schultz responded.
"Because if, and I'm certainly hopeful that uh, that's what occurs," she explained, "but if the majority leader, Mr. McConnell (R-Ky.) can be taken at his word, and over the next three weeks, before February 8th, they can negotiate on protecting the Dreamers, on making sure that we can have a full year comprehensive budget that lifts the caps, that really makes sure that we can responsibly budget again, then maybe we can be in a position to get the House and the president to come on board."
"Congresswoman, I'm still hung up," Baldwin interrupted, "and I know Americans are listening and they heard you say, and it's reverberating, potential for momentum, and they're thinking 'potential for momentum?'"
"Was that really worth shutting the government down for?" she added. "The potential for something?"
"I will tell you that Republicans should be asking themselves that question, because they shut the government down," Schultz responded. "This is a Trump shutdown, Brooke, they control the White House, the House and the Senate."
"They have the full ability to have passed a budget, done whatever they wanted, and they couldn't because they know the way they are trying to approach funding the government is irresponsible," she added.
What did McConnell say?
Senate Majority Leader McConnell told Democrats that he would have a vote on former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for illegal immigrants brought into the country as children.
“Should these issues not be resolved by the time the funding bill before us expires on Feb. 8, so long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security and related issues as well as disaster relief,” he explained Monday.