As the government continues its partial shutdown, President Donald Trump offered a compelling, if unproven, reason for Democrats to fund the wall. He claimed that of those not getting paid, most were Democrats.
“Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border. Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country. Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?” Trump posted on Twitter.
The Washington Post reported that there are roughly 345,000 employees currently on furlough, with thousands of other essential employees continuing to work without pay.
While there are certainly Democrats among those currently affected by the shutdown, it’s unlikely that there are not any Republicans among them.
Virginian Senator Mark Wagner blasted the claim responding, “Federal employees don’t go to work wearing red or blue jerseys. They’re public servants. And the President is treating them like poker chips at one of his failed casinos.”
Of note is that the president and members of Congress still receive pay during a shutdown. While some Democratic senators have refused this pay to stand with other furloughed employees, it’s fair to say that plenty of Democrats are still taking a paycheck.