With a potential government shutdown looming, much of the political discourse last week was focused around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which is set to expire within weeks unless Democrats and Republicans can agree on immigration legislation.
Democrats had been trying to use DACA as leverage in their budget negotiations, but the tactics didn't lead to any notable result, as Republicans haven't seem particularly concerned with the fate of the DACA Dreamers.
In the wee hours of Friday morning, a shutdown was avoided after the pass of a $400 billion budget which has votes on both sides of the aisle, all but taking away any leverage Democrats once had in pushing the immigration debate.
In a rather expected turn of events, the President of the United States took to Twitter on Saturday to blame Democrats for the current predicament:
Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do. The Dems had all three branches of government back in 2008-2011, and they decided not to do anything about DACA. They only want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
While tweeting that the Democrats held all three branches of government from 2008 to 2011, President Trump appeared to forget that seven out of nine—or roughly 78 percent—of the Supreme Court Justices in 2008 were appointed by Republican presidents.
This has led many on Twitter to question whether or not the President knows that the Judicial Branch is, in fact, a branch:
Okay, set aside DACA for a sec. This is frightening. We have a president who is so willfully ignorant that he believes that the three branches of government are the presidency, the House, and the Senate.— Caron Golden (@carondg) February 11, 2018
"We all know Trump meant the WH and the House and Senate" AND 👏 THOSE 👏 ARE 👏 NOT 👏 THE 👏 THREE 👏 BRANCHES 👏 OF 👏 THE 👏 US 👏 GOVERNMENT— ophelius (@jjfabby) February 11, 2018
I will give you the bigliest orange cookie that ever cookied if you can NAME the three branches of the government right now without Googling.— Kaylen (@nelyakk) February 11, 2018
And that was only the beginning of the the tangled timelines of his tweet:
Bush was President in 2008. Dems lost control of the house 2010. DACA was not created until 2012. Put down your phone. Resign. Take a nap.— Aimee D. (@Queen_AimeeD) February 11, 2018
Much of the country remains unsurprised at the President's inability to tell it like it actually is:
You can’t even put out a truthful, accurate tweet. But the people too stupid to realize will eat this up.— Mark (@MarkCartier1) February 11, 2018
You look really foolish when your tweets don't even get basic facts right....— Gale Turner Strong (@GaleTStrong) February 11, 2018
Now, the nation holds its collective breath to see if Democrats and Republicans can somehow reach a bipartisan immigration deal that includes protections for Dreamers before March 5th, when the program is set to expire.