President Donald Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign blasted freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) for “bullying” home goods company Wayfair in an attempt to force it to cancel its sale of beds for migrants being held in facilities along the southern border.
Last Friday, over 500 Wayfair employees signed onto a letter to company management demanding it no longer do business with government contractors who operate migrant holding facilities.
Management responded to the letter on Monday, saying it would go through with the order. This prompted employees to plan a walkout from the company’s Boston headquarters for Wednesday afternoon.
The letter came after employees heard of an order for more than $200,000 worth of bedroom furnishings from government contractor BCFS, which is preparing to open a new facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to hold nearly 1,600 minors caught crossing the border unaccompanied.
Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley — two progressive Democratic members of Congress — tweeted out their support for the walkout on Tuesday, with the self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez saying that the move showed “what solidarity looks like.”
Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children.
They asked the company to stop. CEO said no.
Tomorrow, they‘re walking out.
This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it. https://t.co/667abeLDTG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
We must actively #resist any & all efforts by this cruel, incompetent administration to cage children and separate families. I proudly stand in solidarity w/ the hardworking individuals at #Wayfair who are walking out in the name of #justice & humanity. https://t.co/UFvCZNGeTJ
— Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) June 25, 2019
In response to the two congresswomen’s backing of the walkout, the Trump War Room Twitter account — part of the president’s re-election campaign team — torched the “open-border advocates” for their “heartless” move of “bullying” Wayfair into backing out of the deal, which would leave migrant children without “good beds to sleep in.”
To keep migrants comfortable while Democrats in Congress dither on humanitarian aid, the Trump Admin bought bedroom furniture from @Wayfair. Sadly, open-border advocates @AOC @RepPressley are bullying Wayfair to cancel the sale, depriving kids of good beds to sleep in. Heartless!
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 25, 2019
The president’s campaign team’s comments come as the House faces a July 4 deadline to pass the Senate’s border appropriations bill.
As IJR Red previously reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to take up the Senate bill in the House after it flew through the Senate Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support.
The speaker’s move drew criticism from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who accused Pelosi of “playing politics” with the border bill.