The daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump brushed aside the hardships of furloughed federal workers, instead thanking them for their “sacrifice.”
“Listen, this is, it’s not fair to you and we all get that but this is so much bigger than any one person,” Trump said in an interview with Bold TV on Monday.
“It is a little bit of pain but it’s going to be for the future of our country and their children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice. Right now, I know it’s hard. I know people have families they have bills to pay, they have mortgages, they have rents that are due.”
Trump blamed the Democrats in Congress for not negotiating with the president on his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall. The government shutdown is now in its 33rd day.
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Many critics found Trump’s comments insensitive and made multiple comparisons to Marie Antoinette’s (misquoted) “let them eat cake.”
Lara Trump and her "Let them eat cake" moment about federal workers who are suffering because of Trump shutdown: Unpaid Workers Are Going Through A "Little Bit Of Pain" But This Is Bigger Than Them.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 23, 2019
Others pointed out that Trump is in no position to understand the hardships of missing a paycheck. Trump is married to the president’s son Eric who has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Lady with lots of money (and food) tells federal workers who aren’t getting paid and can’t afford food for their families to suck it up. https://t.co/f6knkzIxGq
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) January 23, 2019
If Lara Trump would like to pay my furloughed wife’s $600/month law school loans, our $2,100/month rent, or our $1,350/month day care bill, my email address is in my bio. https://t.co/4t6dtzYEck
— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) January 23, 2019
@LaraLeaTrump, federal workers are rationing medicines, making lines that snake around for blocks to get free food, holding garage sales, worrying about paying mortgages & utility bills. How’s Mar-a-Lago? Maybe u can invite them there to #EatCake. https://t.co/Qj9S8FvVWU
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 23, 2019
The only glimmer of hope for an end to the shutdown is a Senate vote scheduled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for Thursday on a Democratic bill to open the government until Feb 8. The bill does not include any funds for a border wall.