#TrumpShutdown beats #SchumerShutdown in hashtag battle to assign blame

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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""

Before he took office, @realDonaldTrump was happy to say the president owns the blame for a government shutdown. As President, he blames Democrats. That tells you all you need to know. #TrumpShutdown

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 19, 2018

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

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was asked about the competing hashtags Saturday and brushed aside the suggestion that the majority of people think the president is at fault.

"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.

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