The battle between congressional Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the shutdown of the federal government today also played out on a wider and virtual sphere on Twitter.
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Republicans are seeking to brand the shutdown with the name of the Senate's leading Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, using the alliterative hashtag, #SchumerShutdown."
Democrats, meanwhile, are pointing fingers at Donald Trump, labeling the impasse #TrumpShutdown.
As of Saturday at 1:20 p.m. ET, #TrumpShutdown had been tweeted over 2.6 million times, compared to just under 1.2 million tweets of #SchumerShutdown.
#TrumpShutdown was also the top trending hashtag worldwide.
"Before he took office, @realDonaldTrump was happy to say the president owns the blame for a government shutdown," read a tweet from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Friday. "As President, he blames Democrats. That tells you all you need to know. #TrumpShutdown""
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California noted in his tweet that Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress.
When you’re the President and your party controls both Houses, only the most minimal level of competence is needed to keep the government open. #TrumpShutdown— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 20, 2018
White House press secretary meanwhile slammed Democrats for behaving like "obstructionist losers, not legislators."
One year into the Trump presidency, Democrats can't shut down the booming Trump economy so they shut down the government instead. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. Do your job Democrats: fund our military and reopen our government #SchumerShutdown— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 20, 2018
Republicans began blasting a link to the website SchumerShutdown.com in tweets using the hashtag starting on Thursday, Jan. 18, a day before the last votes before the government officially shut down.
You know what keeps us from a shutdown, @SenSchumer? Voting to authorize CHIP for 6 years to provide millions of children with the lifesaving health care they deserve. #SchumerShutdown https://t.co/mwcrAZpEtU— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 19, 2018
"My favorite is still the 'Schumer Shutdown,'" Mulvaney said. "It's got that nice little ring to it, doesn't it?"
The Democratic tactic of blaming the president for the shutdown may be well received by some in the public, according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday. The poll found the public would be more likely to condemn Trump and his fellow Republicans in the event of a government shutdown.
Forty-eight percent of the poll's respondents indicated they would blame Trump and Republicans compared to 28 percent of those surveyed who said they would point fingers at congressional Democrats.