Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's second-eldest son Eric, said Tuesday that the government shutdown, now into its 33rd day, is the fault of Democrats and that furloughed federal workers are making a necessary sacrifice.
In an interview with Bold TV, Mrs. Trump predicted the shutdown will last "as long as these Democrats keep playing politics" and that the president "has people of the country behind him" in the fight for his border wall.
The shutdown will last "as long as it takes these Democrats to come to the table," Mrs. Trump told Bold TV Founder Carrie Sheffield. "It's going to last as long as it takes for [Trump] to get his wall."
After lamenting that Trump had to give up his Christmas vacation and forego "getting a tan" at Mar-a-Lago, Mrs. Trump had a message for government workers who are either furloughed or being forced to work for free:
“Listen, it’s not fair to you, 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 grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now. I know it’s hard.”
Mrs. Trump urged workers to "please stay strong" and that "we appreciate everything you're sacrificing."
An enraged Twitterverse went ballistic over Mrs. Trump's gleeful indifferece.
The Trumps have not sacrificed anything.
.@LaraLeaTrump, do you have any idea what it’s like to get bills in the mail that you can’t pay? Do you know what i… https://t.co/hicbzwQatV— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1548251600.0
@BoldTV @LaraLeaTrump @IamJohnBurnett @deneenborelli @robsmithonline @TheRightMelissa @realannapaulina… https://t.co/LbVOtO5qxJ— Ailyiaa (@Ailyiaa) 1548167760.0
@LaraLeaTrump Sacrifices? You mean like not being able to get insulin and dying? Like getting put out of their home… https://t.co/4azzAlU9I1— James Martin's M.U.T.T. Series (@James Martin's M.U.T.T. Series) 1548257629.0
@carriesheffield @BoldTV @LaraLeaTrump @IamJohnBurnett @deneenborelli @robsmithonline @TheRightMelissa… https://t.co/U4FoomzEHq— *you're (@*you're) 1548173076.0
@carriesheffield @BoldTV @LaraLeaTrump @IamJohnBurnett @deneenborelli @robsmithonline @TheRightMelissa… https://t.co/r4H3cEoYMj— Bammac (@Bammac) 1548174042.0
@TheRynheart @LaraLeaTrump Says the rich kid #SMH to people who have never lived paycheck to paycheck understand th… https://t.co/NCg8La6Acq— Perpetual Voice❄️🌊🌊🇵🇷 (@Perpetual Voice❄️🌊🌊🇵🇷) 1548257660.0
The workers did not ask for this.
@mylastsoberduck @carriesheffield @BoldTV @LaraLeaTrump @IamJohnBurnett @deneenborelli @robsmithonline… https://t.co/h2GlVIvxIa— Tricia WS Mom (@Tricia WS Mom) 1548195723.0
Yes Lara Trump: It's a bit of a pain getting evicted, declaring bankruptcy, waiting in food bank lines to feed you… https://t.co/dnuvUi7zjH— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt Fed Employee) 1548245952.0
Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum pointed to a new CBS News poll showing that 71 percent of Americans do not think Trump's fight for a border wall is worth shutting down the government.
The American people are not behind the president on this.
Americans respond to Lara Trump argument that government shutdown is a "bit of pain" worth it for the greater good… https://t.co/fkdqbm5mHs— David Frum (@David Frum) 1548247349.0
People are pissed.
This is Mrs. Trump's "let them eat cake" moment.
"Hey, Lara Trump, federal workers are going to food banks because they have no bread." "Let them eat cake." https://t.co/A8taB24p4H— Will Bunch 🆘 (@Will Bunch 🆘) 1548252128.0
@davidfrum Let them eat cake mix.— AproposOfSomething (@AproposOfSomething) 1548253372.0
The only thing worse than the “Let them eat cake” attitude of the administration is someone like Lara Trump sitting… https://t.co/OR0FlU8wVc— Steve Redmond (@Steve Redmond) 1548248137.0
A translation of rich lady Lara Trump’s message to federal workers: Let them eat (gluten-free) cake! https://t.co/gh5z0PkLjF— Kara Swisher (@Kara Swisher) 1548255438.0
How out of touch can someone be?
A “bit of pain”?! That is not only rooted in elitism and white privilege, that’s about inhumanity, willful ignor… https://t.co/Cw1M6Z62uc— Luisa Maria (@Luisa Maria) 1548257597.0
Lara Trump wants all the furloughed Federal workers to know that they can come over to her $2 million dollar Trump… https://t.co/E6SEg0QwBS— 🥞MeltLikeButta🥞 (@🥞MeltLikeButta🥞) 1548247013.0
@davidfrum She has no clue about the real pain and longer term consequences are for those not getting paychecks.… https://t.co/FglOP5kXtQ— Lisa Starnes (@Lisa Starnes) 1548248469.0
@davidfrum What else can you expect from a nouveau riche family?— Peter green (@Peter green) 1548249779.0
Lara Trump and her "Let them eat cake" moment about federal workers who are suffering because of Trump shutdown: U… https://t.co/aWm6c31dqd— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1548246940.0
@bennyjohnson While we talk about assholes, how about Lara Trump? Telling people receiving no paycheck, it will al… https://t.co/cV8nq5ip9o— Valerie Robaugh (@Valerie Robaugh) 1548221273.0
There is still no end in sight. None of this is normal.