While the partial government shutdown was in effect, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips visited George Mason University in northern Virginia to get impressions from students.
Not surprisingly, most of the students who took part in the video interview blamed President Donald Trump for the shutdown, which at that point was the longest in American history.
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Then Phillips added a twist.
Likely banking on students not knowing that Trump already offered Democrats a deal to end the shutdown — which included extended protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, $800 million in humanitarian aid, and more border agents and immigration judges — Phillips posed that very scenario, asking students if Democrats should "compromise on their end" if Trump were to make the latter concessions.
They answered with a resounding yes.
Phillips then informed students that Trump did make that very offer with those very concessions. And wouldn't you know Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it?
Upon learning this crucial fact, the surprised students were then singing a different tune — and agreed Democrats should come to the negotiating table with Trump rather than letting the shutdown continue.
"It was the wrong move for [Pelosi] to turn it down," one student said.
Check out the clip: