Ashley Rey
January 21, 2018 3:21 pm
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The huge rift between Republicans and Democrats that led to the government shutdown is seemingly getting worse. And according to several sources, callers to the White House comments line are getting an earful about who’s to blame.

On the off chance you didn’t know, yes, the federal government has shut down, and no one knows how long it will last. If getting political isn’t really your thing, you probably weren’t aware that a White House comments line even existed. But if you happen to give 202-456-1111 a ring, the away message will tell you that the Democrats are allegedly holding the government “hostage.”

The good folks over at Mashable took a recording of the away message just after 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 20th. This is what they heard: “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.”

But wait, there’s more. “Due to this obstruction,” the recording adds, “the government is shut down.”

The White House using a public communications channel to demonstrate such animosity against the Democratic Party is clearly unprofessional. Some on Twitter are even questioning the away message’s legality.

Regardless of politics, we should all agree that using the White House comments line to attack the opposing party is unacceptable.

A government shutdown isn’t in the best interests of the country. Let’s hope Congress can put hostility aside and get the U.S. back up and running.

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