Quote: The one with the complete lack of empathy here is Nancy Pelosi. Her refusal to negotiate a deal with Trump and give him his funding is what is dragging this on.
That's like saying when someone is blackmailed, if they would just give in, the situation would be resolved. Shutting down the government and building a wall are not related issues whatsoever. Trump and the Republicans are the ones making them related. Congress already passed a bipartisan spending bill that would keep the government opened. Trump refused to sign unless Congress adds money for a wall and now Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring any bill up in the Senate until Trump agrees. If a Democratic president shut down the government unless Congress gave $5 billion to Planned Parenthood, would you say Republicans should meet them half way and give Planned Parenthood $2 or $3 billion? What's to keep this from being a tactic used by any president for any issue regardless of how stupid it is? In any case, Trump and Republicans are being stupid because they are suffering for the shutdown more than Democrats. Numerous polls show that a little over 50% of Americans blame Trump and the GOP while around 30% blame Democrats. Trump's already low approval rating has been trending downward for weeks now.
I see no blackmailing here at all. And to answer your question I would say yes to the Republicans meeting halfway if a Democrat shut down the government. The problem with people like Nancy Pelosi is she is more in favor of open borders then a border wall and border security and I am so glad Trump and The Republicans will not budge until they get some funding for additional walls and more security. I would guess that a majority of the 50% of Americans who blame Trump are Liberals and I could care less what Liberals say or think. This has become a battle between Trump and Pelosi and I am routing for Trump. The two of them need to negotiate a deal. Period. I support the wall or any portion they can build. I am glad Trump denied Pelosi a military flight overseas and said she should take a commercial flight. That witch dont deserve anything.