It was the narrative that was supposed to sink the drive to build the wall. The mainstream media’s all-out assault on President Donald Trump when it came to the government shut down was not expected to flop or be challenged. According to the story, the president was being a mean, stubborn man for depriving all kinds of government workers of a paycheck just because Congress would not pass a law authorizing funds to build a barrier on the southern border.
CNN’s Victor Blackwell found that out first hand, and live on the air when he talked to a couple of furloughed workers and tried to get them to contradict a statement Trump made in regards to government workers supporting him.
CNN’s Victor Blackwell introduced the topic of the partial government shutdown and border wall funding by referencing a statement from Trump. In it, Trump said he had support from furloughed workers.
“Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, ‘stay out until you get the funding for the wall,’” Trump said, according to ABC News. “These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn’t want the wall are the Democrats.”
Blackwell asked his guests, federal law enforcement officers Charles and Jill Gilbert, if Trump actually had their support. Both had continued to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.
Their response appears to have left Blackwell a bit stumped. As he continued to question them, and even tried to set them up to answer a certain way, they didn’t play along — which left Blackwell silenced at one point and struggling for words.
Charles made it clear that Trump has their support. He also explained why Trump had it and why they felt the wall was worth the sacrifice.
“If its going to defend our country and keep illegals out, keep people from hurting my children, (people) that don’t belong here, yes, I’m all for the wall,’ he said. He added that he would support another shutdown in three weeks if it comes to that.
The couple did not blame Trump, but did point at Congress for the trouble. Jill used the example of their prison work to explain what Congress needs to do.
And so another mainstream media narrative backfires. The main problem with it, though, is that the media is reluctant to admit they are wrong about the sentiments of the American people.
Fixing that may be a long time coming.