Poll: more Americans blame Republicans for this shutdown mess rather than Democrats

More Americans are blaming Donald Trump and Republicans for pushing the government toward a shutdownaccording to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

A total of 48 percent of respondents pointed the finger at the president and his party for the stalemate over immigration and border security that’s prevented Congress from reaching a deal to keep the government open.

The inclusion of CHIP was simply a stunt. Republicans should have funded the program all the way back in September, but did not — partly because they were focused on Obamacare repeal and tax cuts for billionaires, and partly because, as Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy callously put it, the lives of sick kids could be used as “leverage.”