A recorded White House away message throws shade at Democrats for the shutdown

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Donald Trump’s White House sunk to a new level of petty on Saturday, as the United States government shutdown.

Callers dialing into the publicly available White House comments line — at 202.456.1111 — are greeted with a recorded away message. An unrecognizable female voice politely explains that the government is shut down because Democrats are holding it “hostage.”

Listen for yourself. This is a recording we captured ourselves when dialing the White House comment line shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding — including funding for our troops and other national security priorities — hostage to an unrelated immigration debate,” the recording states.

“Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down.”

It’s not clear if this message is even legal, since it’s a case of the White House using one of the government’s public information channels — in this case, the phone line citizens use to call in and leave comments — to attack political opponents.

One thing is clear, however, based on the public’s response on social media: This continued antagonism toward Congressional Democrats isn’t going to bring about a constructive end to the shutdown.

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