Lara Trump says shutdown is a 'little bit of pain' for federal workers but it's bigger than them
Lara Trump expressed her appreciation for unpaid federal workers as the government shutdown enters it's 32nd day. Her comments seemed out of touch to many.
Lara Trump, the husband of Eric Trump, is the President's daughter-in-law. She is one of Trump's campaign advisors as well as the host of Trump Production's "Real News Update."
Lara sat down with Bold TV on Monday to discuss the border wall and the record-breaking government shutdown. The shutdown has left 800,000 federal employees furloughed.
In the past week, several workers were ordered to return to work for no pay. Many of them are falling behind on their bills, and unable to keep up with basic expenses like groceries.
Lara, almost directly speaking to those affected, said:
“We get that this is unfair to you, but this is so much bigger than any one person. 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 that will thank them for their sacrifice right now."
The words of someone who has sacrificed nothing. How big of you too offer up someone else’s suffering...— Bammac (@mylastsoberduck) January 22, 2019
Social media reacted with blunt words of criticism. One person pointed out that future generations don't help the situation now.
Many others were appalled at the idea that Lara suggested that the "working class" should be the ones to make such large sacrifices.
Lara acknowledged some of their struggles, but insisted it was necessary:
“I know it’s hard, I know they have bills to pay, they have mortgages, they have rents that are due, but the president is trying every single day to come up with a good solution here and the reality is it’s been something that has gone on for too long and gone unaddressed."
Weird how it has to be the working class that "sacrifices" and not the 1%.— Ailyiaa (@Ailyiaa) January 22, 2019
There were some who agreed with Lara's words which ended with words of encouragement to those affected by the shutdown:
“I would just tell them, please stay strong, we appreciate everything that you’re sacrificing, we’re behind you and we are going to do everything that we can, I know the president is doing everything he can to resolve this quickly.”
She went on to confirm that the Trump administration is still not ready to end the shutdown. Like the president, she blamed Democrats for "playing politics."
Finally we have a president who takes our sovereignty seriously. Agree with her that short-term sacrifices yield long-term gains. This had been building for decades, I hope we can get a deal soon!— Carrie Sheffield (@carriesheffield) January 22, 2019
Lara then explained that Donald Trump could not end things because he would have "no card" and "no hand to play."
"So, the reality is, he’s got to use every thing he has to his advantage and this is what he has right now, and it’s really sad that the Democrats care so little about the people that work in the government that they’re not willing to negotiate at all.”
Meanwhile, Donald sent a message of thanks via Twitter to those federal employees who are working without pay. The president called them "Great Patriots."
"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!"
"We must now work together, after decades of abuse, to finally fix the Humanitarian, Criminal & Drug Crisis at our Border. WE WILL WIN BIG!"
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! We must now work together, after decades of abuse, to finally fix the Humanitarian, Criminal & Drug Crisis at our Border. WE WILL WIN BIG!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
It remains to be seen whether or not the federal employees are happy to help by working for no pay. Nonetheless, Donald does have supporters in Indiana's Republican members of Congress.
Like the president, senators like Mike Braun and Todd Young blame the Democrats for the impasse they say is causing the ongoing government shutdown.
"We all want this to end as soon as possible. The people of Indiana want this to end as soon as possible, and they want to make sure that we ensure their safety and security, we deal with the humanitarian crisis and we fund our government."
At the same time, Young clarified that he would continue "to insist on those fundamental [border wall] principles."