On Sunday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared on Meet the Press and claimed that President Trump was not responsible for the government shutdown. According to RawStory, McCarthy claimed that the fault mainly lied within the Senate because they failed to get 60 votes to pass the bill.
Chuck Todd brought up that the bills in question were introduced after the government was shut down and noted that Trump rejected a Senate bill to keep it open.
“No, no,” McCarthy replied, attempting to revise history. “The House had a bill, the Senate had a bill. Like every other piece of legislation, it takes 60 votes in the Senate. Republicans don’t have 60 in the Senate.”
“If it takes 60 votes in the Senate, there’s probably blame on both sides,” the minority leader opined, ignoring the fact that the Senate had passed a bill to keep the government open.
McCarthy’s claims also follow President Trump recently taking responsibility for the shut down.