Liberal Commentator: 'Trump Will Need to Build a Wall Around the White House If People Don’t Get Their Tax Returns on Time'

By Melanie Arter | January 7, 2019 | 3:03pm EST
Stephanie Brown James, co-founder of the Collective PAC (Screenshot)

( – Stephanie Brown James, co-founder of the Collective PAC, told ABC’s “This Week” in Sunday that if Americans don’t get their tax returns on time because of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump will need to build a wall around the White House.

“Nancy Pelosi is being fueled in part by a lot of the members you helped elect in 2018. Let me ask you the same question I asked Mayor Emanuel. Are you concerned that this energy becomes what Liz Cheney was saying, radical and out of touch?” ABC’s George Stephanopolous asked.

“No. I think at the end of the day, what the Democrats need to do right now is over-communicate and get out of Washington. I anticipate that President Trump is going to get on the trail fairly soon, which I think would be bananas.” she said during a panel discussion.

“But I think that it's important right now for the Democrats to understand that they have to shore up their base, and they have to make sure that people understand that, look, what's going to happen in the next few weeks if the shutdown continues is that you're not going to get your tax returns, you know, you're not going to be able to see your lives get any better,” Brown James said.

“And I can tell you what, President Trump will need to build a wall around the White House if people do not get those tax returns on time,” she added.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Trump’s miscalculation is, “He thinks if he gets a wall, he wins.”

“I think he actually wants the issue. If I was Donald Trump and in the White House, then I don't want to be there, but if I was them, I would say, you know what? Having the issue may be our win, not getting the wall,” Emanuel said.

He added that is Trump doesn’t get the wall, he won’t look weak, because “his base will follow him right over a cliff.”

“He won’t look weak to the base. The problem is he’s making every calculation on 34 percent rather than on 51 percent,” Emanuel said.

Former Michigan Senate GOP candidate John James said Americans are “sick and tired of the partisanship and the bickering” and “want to get real things done.”

“The thing with this shutdown and the border wall, these are things that Democrats and Republicans have agreed on for decades. We're just haggling over price. There are 800,000 people on furlough right now who aren't getting paid, and I believe that you have a Congress that for years has failed at its duty to get comprehensive immigration reform and has failed to get a substantive and consistent budget deal done,” he said.


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