A hashtag pinning blame for the partial government shutdown on President Trump became the top worldwide trending topic on Twitter as the clock struck midnight at the end of a long Friday on Capitol Hill.
Since one hour before might #TrumpShutdown, which had become a rallying cry for Democrats opposing the short-term spending measure supported by the Republican leadership and the White House, was number one.
Now that #TrumpShutdown is a number one worldwide trending topic, news outlets will put in their stories that #TrumpShutdown was a number one worldwide trending topic, and when Trump sees that — which he will — he’ll be irate. pic.twitter.com/rPU3bRoQZD— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 20, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was one of the Democrats to use #TrumpShutdown to great effect. Earlier in the day Friday he shared a video of Trump in 2011 saying a shutdown "would be a tremendously negative mark on the president." That tweet went viral and received tens of thousands of retweets.
.@realDonaldTrump should heed his own words:“if there is a shutdown I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He's the one that has to get people together.” #TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/pqbGAQf1Tx— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 19, 2018
Meanwhile many Republicans cast blame on the Democrats for the shutdown, using a hashtag of their own: #Schumershutdown.
Included among their ranks were lawmakers and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
#SchumerShutdown was not a top trending topic as of press time.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said early Saturday morning that the Senate would soon vote on a bill to keep the government open through Feb. 8, just moments after most Democrats rejected a bill keeping it open through Feb. 16.