Donald Trump may be getting excited for his State of the Union address, but Democrats have just made a big move to ensure that nothing goes according to plan for the undeserving POTUS.
As of today, several Democrats have announced that they would be taking federal workers who were furloughed thanks to Trump’s pathetic government shutdown as their guests to Trump’s speech tomorrow night. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in a statement:
It’s time to send a message to President Trump and Senate Republicans: federal and contract workers are the backbone of our economy and their livelihoods should never be used as pawns in Republican political games.”
We could not agree more. Warren has stated that one of the guests invited would be labor leader and an employee of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Sajid Shahriar, who was one of the 380,000 federal workers forced to work without pay during Trump’s shutdown. Shahriar said:
I’m humbled and honored to share that I will be representing federal workers at the State of the Union as the guest of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) stated that her State of the Union guest would be Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, an air traffic control specialist also furloughed by Trump’s shutdown. Her husband was also an air traffic controller who had to work during the shutdown, leaving the family without any income at a critical time, as their home had been destroyed in the 2017 Thomas fire. Harris said:
Since the tragic loss of their home, Trisha, Jed, and their three children have worked diligently to bounce back and reestablish a sense of normalcy in their lives, even amidst an unnecessary government shutdown that caused both of them to miss their paychecks for over a month.”
Many more furloughed workers will be at Trump’s State of the Union address now, thanks to the Democrats’ move to include important voices. Trump is going to despise this — but he deserves to see the consequences of his actions.
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