Congressional Democratic leadership ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE on Tuesday night, accusing him of trying to "stoke fear" with his calls for a wall on the Mexican border, which have led to a partial government shutdown.
 
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Cardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid MORE (N.Y.), standing side by side in front of six American flags, offered a rebuttal to Trump immediately after his Oval Office address to the nation.
 
They cast the fight as a battle between the president's use of "fear" and the "facts" touted by Democrats. 
 
"Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice," said Pelosi, who spoke first. "The president has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts."
 
Schumer echoed her while knocking Trump for using the Oval Office to make his pitch for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
 
"Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes. This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration," he said. 
 
Schumer added that "the symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall."
 
Trump used the prime-time speech to make his pitch for the border wall, while largely sticking to talking points he has used since the shutdown started late last month. 
 
He argued the country is facing a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border, calling the current stalemate "a choice between right and wrong, between justice and injustice." 
 
The dueling speeches come as the funding fight is stalemated over funding for the wall. Trump, during his speech, reiterated that he wants more than $5 billion — an amount that can't get 60 votes in the Senate or pass the House. 

Democrats, however, used their rebuttal to tout the package passed by the House that would separate the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fight from the rest of the departments and agencies impacted by the shutdown fight. 

Pelosi accused Trump of rejecting the House package because of his "obsession" with building the wall, which was a key campaign promise for the president. 

Schumer added that the House measure would allow Congress to reopen most of the federal government and continue to fight over border funding. The House measures include funding through Sept. 30 for most of the impacted parts of the federal government, while funding DHS through Feb. 8. 

"We don’t govern by temper tantrum. No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down, hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage," Schumer said. 

Trump sought to blame Democrats during his speech from the Oval Office, saying the government was shut down for "one reason only" — because Democrats wouldn't fund border security.

And he called out Schumer by name, suggesting the Senate Democratic leader and his colleagues had previously supported border security but had "changed their mind" and were refusing to acknowledge the "crisis" at the border. Though he referenced Pelosi's remark about the wall being "immoral," he did not specifically call her out by name. 
 
Trump also sought to cast himself as willing to compromise with Democrats, and increase pressure on them to reopen the government, saying he offered to build a steel wall instead of a concrete barrier "at the request of the Democrats" — even though Democrats haven't asked for a steel wall.