Donald Trump talked to reporters for a bit before heading to a border photo op. Vox puts it this way:

As the government shutdown enters its 20th day, President Donald Trump is traveling on Thursday to the southern border for a trip that amounts to a photo op even he admits is pointless. Before taking off, he held a question-and-answer session with reporters that was remarkably vitriolic, even by his standards.

Over the course of roughly 15 minutes, Trump poured scorn on several groups of people — including Democrats, the media, and undocumented immigrants. For the second-straight day, he also undercut the case he’s trying to make that the situation at the border warrants a national emergency declaration.



“I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Crying Chuck and Nancy,” Trump said, using his preferred insult for Schumer. “I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.”

Later, Trump accused the Democrats of not caring about crime, and used grisly descriptions of violence in an effort to make his point.

“The Democrats, which I’ve been saying all along, they don’t give a damn about crime,” the president said. “They don’t care about gang members coming in and stabbing people and cutting people up.”

A solid majority opposes the shutdown. A solid majority opposes his wall idea. Republicans in Congress are too scared to stand up to him. His based — 38 percent or so of the country — will gulp down and cheer any poison he feeds them. So here we are.