As Trump goes to Texas for a photo-op promoting his wall that will never be, thousands of federal workers have taken to the streets in protest of his shutdown.
Anytime that the trauma and economic pain of the shutdown is mentioned, the White House and Republicans have turned the subject to border security. They won’t talk about the fact that 800,000 families are going to miss a paycheck tomorrow, and will be struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table.
As Speaker of the House Pelosi said yesterday, “It is so sad that in a matter of hours, or just a few days, many people, federal workers, will not be receiving their paychecks and what that means in their live social security tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, their car payment, all of that. The president thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can’t.”
Workers are marching on the White House
Thousands of federal workers have taken to the streets across the country:
Trump ran to Texas as thousands of federal workers were protesting his shutdown. pic.twitter.com/jPmy6NGbC8
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 10, 2019
A group of federal workers is marching to the White House:
— Cheston McGuire (@AFGECheston) January 10, 2019
Protests like this one turn up the heat on the White House, but just as importantly, they put pressure on the Republican Senators who are standing with Trump during this shutdown. Trump avoided the protests today by running to Texas for his photo-op, but the members of Congress who are sticking by him can’t hide.
The pressure is now coming from every direction on Trump and his party, as the people are taking to the streets to demand that their government be reopened.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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