Donald Trump thanked workers for their free service with a tweet during the longest shutdown
President Donald Trump surprised many with a Twitter post thanking federal employees who are working for no pay. People were outraged and continued to call for an end to the shutdown.
Trump praised the federal workers, calling them "Great Patriots." Then he went on to put the focus on the border wall. The $5.7 billion request is still at an impasse. The post is found below.
The Democrats refuse to agree to provide the funds. As a result, Trump determined to shut down the government to what is now its 30th day. His controversial tweet is found below.
The only crisis at the border is the humanitarian crisis YOU created. Stop lying. Most of us don't believe you, but apparently, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, your supporters still believe.— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) January 21, 2019
DEAR #MAGA: DONALD TRUMP IS A BIG FAT LIAR. THERE IS NO CRISIS EXCEPT HIM. pic.twitter.com/oYd2Q9K3NR
"To all of the great people who are working so hard for your Country and not getting paid I say, THANK YOU - YOU ARE GREAT PATRIOTS!"
He continued by directing focus towards the wall:
"We must now work together, after decades of abuse, to finally fix the Humanitarian, Criminal & Drug Crisis at our Border. WE WILL WIN BIG!"
You took responsibility for the shutdown. You own the shutdown. Yet you have the nerve to laud working people. There are 800,000 federal workers who are suffering now because you are a selfish turd.— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 21, 2019
In the comments, people reacted with strong words condemning Trump. Several persons saw the presidents as heartless and inconsiderate for his words and actions.
Many referenced allegations that Trump used to do the same thing with his former contractors. One person suggested that affected persons use the tweet to show their "landlord, bank, grocery store or whoever else you need to pay."
That's because he's used to screwing contractors over. He did it all the time with Trump org. He would find small issues with the quality and then not pay the contractor— John (got both shots!) (@aparadox12) January 21, 2019
Over 800,000 federal employees have been affected by the shutdown so far. Organizations such as the IRS, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, and Treasury are a few departments affected.
While Trump holds responsibility for the shutdown, there is another member of his administration who could change things. Mitch McConnell, the Republican US Senator, has so far blocked two bills that could help reopen the government.
“To all the people furloughed or working without pay, take comfort in knowing that I think your financial ruin is a good thing.”— BallsOut (@bjcreigh) January 21, 2019
His excuse is that Trump would not sign it into law. However, an agreement with the Democratic-majority House and the Senate could work to overturn legislation.
McConnell has full control regarding what the Senate floor can vote on and refuses to put the matter to a vote.
Meanwhile, former President George W Bush is volunteering his time to help out federal workers. He and his wife, Laura Bush, brought pizza to workers last week.
Bush shared an Instagram post of the event. He also expressed his desire for the shutdown to be put to an end soon.
He captioned it:
"@LauraWBush and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck. And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them. It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown."
This doesn't look like it might happen considering the Twitter fights that Trump and Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, are having.
On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to attack Pelosi. He also spewed insults at her city, San Francisco. Many did not take kindly to the tweet.
"Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat. She is so petrified of the 'lefties' in her party that she has lost control...And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!"
Recently, Pelosi suggested that the State of the Union Address be postponed due to security concerns resulting from the shutdown. In an apparent response, Trump canceled Pelosi's planned trip to the middle east last week.
As the two continue to go back and forth, federal employees struggle to go on without pay. For their sake, we hope the matter is soon resolved.