It is being widely reported that the Russian propaganda machine that helped make Trump President are promoting Trump’s blaming the Democrats for the shutdown. (See for example for such reports: this, this, and this)
That the “#SchumerShutdown hashtag” is being promoted by Russian bots is both a threat to the Democrats — because whom the public blames for the shutdown is where this battle is being fought — and an opening for the Democrats to show in real time the alliance between Trump and Putin.
The Democrats should therefore go all out to plant in the public mind the idea that “Trump is getting helped again by Putin and his other Russian friends.”
This can blunt the effectiveness of the bot-propaganda, and reinforce the validity of the Trump-Russia scandal being investigated by Mueller.