House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seem to have delivered a knockout blow to Donald Trump’s shutdown after they held a live press conference this morning with Federal workers impacted by the shutdown.
Jeffrey David Cox, National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, issued a resolute statement on behalf of Federal workers during the press conference, “Federal employees are absolutely, completely, and without reservation, opposed to this government shutdown lockout, and it is a lockout, bothers and sisters. We want this shutdown lockout to end this very minute.”
Cox made an implied dig at Trump by outlining everything Trump has done so far during the shutdown and saying that Federal workers “oppose” politicians that act like him. You can read his most powerful statement below, as well as watch his speech in the footage below. This is a major win for Democrats in the shutdown fight because Federal workers are most impacted by it and they are not supporting Trump like he claimed this week.
“We oppose being held hostage. We oppose being collateral damage. We oppose the use of extortion, instead of reasoned debate. We oppose politicians who think so little of us., our work, and the institutions of government, that they think nothing of bringing whole government departments to their knees.”