Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) didn’t explicitly deny that the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that he “caved” during the talks about the government shutdown during an interview with CNN, reports The Washinton Free Beacon.
Many Democrats have expressed their anger with Schumer, saying he caved by making an agreement with Republicans to fund the government for another three weeks without getting what they wanted for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Do you think Senator Chuck Schumer caved?” CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked.
“Senator Schumer took the best course and the responsible one that he could, and I’m more interested in who’s hurt than whose blame,” Blumenthal said. “I am more skeptical about the majority leader’s promise, but we are united in the goals that we have and Senator Schumer has been very admirable and responsible in leading our caucus.”
The government shutdown ended on its third day on Monday after Republicans and Democrats struck a deal to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Feb. 8. Hopefully, during those three weeks, Democrats and Republicans will come together to come to an agreement to DACA and immigration reform.
When Camerota continued to ask Blumenthal how the shutdown impacted Democrats, Blumenthal again tried to dodge the question, probably because he doesn’t want to say it was Schumer’s fault, but he says that that isn’t his focus.
“Is it fair to say the government shutdown backfired for Democrats?” Carmerota asked.
“Again, who is hurt is more important than who is blamed,” Blumenthal responded.
Blumenthal added there was no such thing as a “good shutdown,” but said President Donald Trump may have wanted it.
The president and Democrats have gone back and forth who is to officially blame for letting the shutdown happen. The media and public have been fighting and arguing whether it truly was a “Trump shutdown” or a “Schumer Shutdown,” but from the looks of this interview, more Democrats may blame Schumer than they are letting on.