Donald Trump’s White House sunk to a new level of petty on Saturday, as the United States government shutdown.
Callers dialing into the publicly available White House comments line — at 202.456.1111 — are greeted with a recorded away message. An unrecognizable female voice politely explains that the government is shut down because Democrats are holding it “hostage.”
Listen for yourself. This is a recording we captured ourselves when dialing the White House comment line shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding — including funding for our troops and other national security priorities — hostage to an unrelated immigration debate,” the recording states.
“Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down.”
It’s not clear if this message is even legal, since it’s a case of the White House using one of the government’s public information channels — in this case, the phone line citizens use to call in and leave comments — to attack political opponents.
One thing is clear, however, based on the public’s response on social media: This continued antagonism toward Congressional Democrats isn’t going to bring about a constructive end to the shutdown.
Called the White House only for them to say they can’t answer the phone b/c the government is shut down, blaming Democrats for it & saying the immigration issue isn’t relevant. How inept is that? The Republicans own the house & led by a leader that is incapable running a country pic.twitter.com/QU7J3LBZpD
— Terrence Robinson (@iamMrSmooth87) January 20, 2018
To hear a demonstration of immaturity, call 202-456-1111. It’s The White House. We have reached a new pinnacle in absurdity.
It has been busy every time I tried, but I was told it basically says “we can’t answer the phone because the Democrats shut the Government down.”
— LillcyTweets (@LillcyTweets) January 20, 2018