The government shutdown is the longest history and there’s no end in sight. President Trump has been resolute in his insistence on a border wall, funded with $5.7 billion of taxpayer money.

Independent commentators from both sides of the aisle point out that there’s already 654 miles of fencing and barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, there’s no wall between the U.S. and Canada, most undocumented immigrants are here in the U.S. as a result of overstaying a visa not an illegal border crossing, and the areas that don’t have physical barriers are often because the terrain makes it extremely difficult to do so.

But Trump won’t back down. And it’s starting to hit him where it hurts: in voter approval ratings and the U.S.’s economy.

The New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said the shutdown could cut U.S. economic growth by 1 percentage point, a significant blow to the economy, especially in light of stock market turbulence and widespread predictions of a recession looming on the horizon.

Seven out of 10 Americans don’t think we should shut down the government over a border wall. Plus, in the same poll, 1 in 5 said they were directly affected by the shutdown, whose consequences are more widely felt the longer it drags on.

It might be time for Trump to change course here. If he causes any economic harm and angers more and more of his supporters, what hope do the Republicans have of maintaining the White House in 2020?

President Trump seems completely impervious to any rational argument to re-open the government, begging the question: Is someone blackmailing him? Who stands to benefit from this shutdown?

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