Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) took exception to President Donald Trump's attempt to brand the partial government shutdown as a "Democrat shutdown," and she didn't hold back during an MSNBC interview Thursday night.
Hirono, speaking with Chris Hayes the day before the shutdown deadline, accused the president of listening to conservative commentators to make his decisions.
Here's what she said:
Of course, the Senate did the responsible thing last night by keeping the government running, passing this bill by a voice vote. And only to have President Trump get all worked up because he's got some right-wing loud people yelling at him on Fox News and suddenly he says, 'Well, I don't think I'm going to sign it.'
So it is very true that he will bring on the shutdown and he has to take responsibility for it. Any effort on his part to blame Democrats will be such bulls***, that as I said before, I would hardly be able to stand it.
Sen. Mazie Hirono blasted Pres.Trump for Trump's shutdown on MSNBC's 'All In' with Chris Matthews youtu.be
What's going on now? Not much of anything. Lawmakers left the Capitol on Friday night with no deal to fund the government and no votes scheduled for the weekend. Some even went back to their home states.
So, the government will partially shut down beginning midnight Friday. Most of the government, including the Pentagon, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services is funded though September. But the shutdown will still impact about 800,000 federal workers who will either be sent home without pay, or will work with uncertainty about when their pay will come.
Trump is holding out for border wall funding, while Democrats are insisting that there is no way they will approve the $5.7 billion in funding being requested for the wall. Without Democratic support, a bill funding the border wall can't get enough votes to pass, even though Republicans were able to get a bill through the House.