Lara Trump (above) has received backlash after she told federal employees who are about to see their second empty paycheck due to the government shutdown that their sacrifice is ‘for the future of the country’
Lara Trump has urged federal employees who are about to see their second empty paycheck due to the government shutdown to ‘stay strong’ because they are sacrificing ‘for the future of the country’.
The comments by the president’s daughter-in-law and wife to Eric Trump were condemned by critics as tone-deaf and insensitive to the nearly 800,000 federal workers struggling to put food on the table as the shutdown drags on.
Trump responded to the criticism by saying that the mainstream media had twisted her words to detract from her message of encouragement.
In an interview with Bold TV on Monday, Trump insisted that the president is fighting for ‘what he knows is the right thing to do’, telling federal workers: ‘It’s not fair to you, and we all get that, 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 them will thank them for their sacrifice right now.’
Trump defended the shutdown during an interview with Bold TV on Monday, saying: ‘It is a little bit of pain but it’s going to be for the future of our country, and [federal workers’] children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice’
Trump, whose husband is worth an estimated $300million, continued: ‘I know it’s hard. I know people have families, 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’s gone on for too long and been unaddressed – our immigration problem.
‘If we do nothing right now, it’s never going to get fixed. This is our one opportunity.’
Social media was quick to call Trump out for characterizing the missed paychecks as ‘a little bit of pain’.
CNN legal analyst Renato Mariotti summarized the public sentiment by tweeting: ‘Do you have any idea what it’s like to get bills in the mail that you can’t pay? Do you know what it’s like not to visit the doctor because you can’t afford the deductible? The amount of stress that puts on a family is huge. It’s a lot more than “a bit of a pain.”‘
Journalist Bradford Pearson tweeted: ‘If Lara Trump would like to pay my furloughed wife’s $600/month law school loans, our $2,100/month rent, or our $1,350/month day care bill, my email address is in my bio.’
Twitter user @Kimma_S wrote: ‘Hey federal workers not being paid – #LaraTrump says its unfair but its bigger than any 1 person. Or apparently 800K people. I’m sure she’s suffering right along with you in her multi million dollar home with staff cooking her dinner.’
Twitter was quick to criticize Trump for calling the missed paychecks ‘a little bit of pain’
Trump was also criticized by the hosts of The View during Wednesday morning’s show.
‘If you are a millionaire’s wife, you may not understand that there are families that can’t afford to feed their children,’ Sunny Hostin said.
‘It’s just such a bad look,’ co-host Meghan McCain added.
Joy Behar quipped: ‘But she’s married to [Eric Trump] – she knows pain.’
Trump responded to the criticism with a statement on Twitter that said: ‘#FakeNews is rampant these days. Don’t believe the #MSM who overreact without research and didn’t bother to watch my whole interview.
‘They’re completely misrepresenting my words and my support for furloughed workers. My heart goes out to all of the federal workers affected by the shutdown, and we’re fighting every day to end this impasse.
‘BTW, if the Democrats really cared about these employees, many of who support the President’s fight for border security, they’d meet with @realDonaldTrump now!’
After receiving criticism on social media and in the news, posted a tweet accusing the mainstream media of twisting her words to detract from her message of encouragement
Wednesday marked the 33rd day of the partial government shutdown as the president and Democratic lawmakers remain locked in a stalemate over Trump’s demand for a $5.7billion border wall.
Lara Trump said her father-in-law is standing his ground because without the shutdown as leverage, the president has ‘no hand to play’.
She told federal employees: ‘We appreciate everything that you’re sacrificing. We are behind you, and we’re going do everything we can. I know the president is doing everything he can to resolve this quickly.’
Trump (above in the Oval Office with her son) insisted that the president is acting in America’s best interest, saying: ‘I know the president is doing everything he can to resolve this quickly’
Trump, whose husband Eric is worth an estimated $300million, was ridiculed for suggesting that she could relate to the American families going without pay during the shutdown