I didn’t believe it, but here it is.
Trump just said that he can treat the federal workforce exactly like he treated all of his real estate contractors:
The Wall is different than the 25 Billion Dollars in Border Security. The complete Wall will be built with the Shutdown money plus funds already in hand. The reporting has been inaccurate on the point. The problem is, without the Wall, much of the rest of Dollars are wasted!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
“The complete Wall will be built with the Shutdown money plus funds already in hand.”
First of all, is there NO ONE left in the White House who can explain to this complete dolt that you don’t make money from a shutdown? It’s costing us money—and for hundreds of thousands of families with small children and mortgages, it’s costing them personally.
Second of all, and I can’t believe I have to explain this, YOU CANNOT withhold a government employee’s wages and keep it.
Trump is so delusional that he thinks the money he’s not paying them is going into some sort of slush fund that he can then use to build the entire pointy wall. Perhaps in his warped mind, he is fantasizing about using his “crack” attorneys to intimidate 800,000 federal workers in court out of the back pay they are owed. (I’m sure Giuliani would at least try if asked.)
This horrible tweet showcases everything about Trump: his dishonesty, his cruelty, and his stupidity. Somehow, he managed to make this tweet even more narcissistic than his previous one, where he literally whined that he was “all alone (poor me)”, because he can’t go to Mar-a-Lago.
My husband is a Park Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and he had to sign his furlough papers. We have a 4 yr old and a 4 month old, and we don't know when his next check will come. Mortgage is due, Christmas 2 days away. #ShutdownStories
— Taylor Futch (@TaylorFutch1) December 24, 2018
My husband is active duty Coast Guard. Everyone thinks the military is getting paid during the shutdown, but the Coast Guard is facing no pay on the 1st due to being DHS and not DoD. We live in NYC, pay over $2K/month in rent, have a toddler and one on the way.#ShutdownStories
— Katy⚓ (@katyjb88) December 24, 2018
What a freaking monster.
What’s next? Telling a kid on Christmas Eve there’s no Santa? (Wait, he did what?!?!)
Rest assured, republican reps and senators are still getting paid, so they don’t care. Some are even championing this shutdown because they are monsters as well. The only silver lining I can think of is that several cruel ICE agents who torment migrants will have to suffer along with the rest of us. Food stamp recipients will also suffer, and unlike what conservatives believe, the majority of recipients are rural whites—Trump’s base. They are about to feel the same pain that the farmers Trump screwed over have felt the past few months.
Trump has really painted himself into a corner, and he’ll cave like he always does. Unfortunately, a lot of good, innocent people are also going to suffer.
Until this nightmare is over, Senator Schumer and Rep. Pelosi should be calling the CEOs of mortgage lenders to give some leeway. It may not work, but it’s clear that the people suffering can only count on one party to try to help.
I’m so sorry our president is an asshole.
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