Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted the Democrats on Sunday for partying in Puerto Rico this weekend instead of working to end the government shutdown that they claim they are desperate to end.
The Democrats’ concern about the nearly 1 million government workers affected by the shutdown is a bunch of politically opportunist nonsense — and Sanders proved it by pointing out their glaring hypocrisy, writing:
Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they’re partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the borderhttps://t.co/zpJypJ2Slq
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 13, 2019
Dems sunbathe during shutdown
About 30 Democratic lawmakers flew to Puerto Rico on a private jet this weekend with lobbyists and family in tow for a “winter retreat.” The official purpose of the trip was to meet with San Juan city officials to discuss recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria, but that didn’t stop Democrats from carving out some vacation time while 800,000 government workers went their first weekend without a paycheck.
Even Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who won reelection this fall despite a corruption scandal, was spotted on the beach enjoying his government perks to the fullest. Democrats also showed how worried they are about the shutdown by attending a special performance of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, which they paid for themselves.
Spotted: Sen. Bob Menendez on the beach at a resort in Puerto Rico on Day 22 of the partial government shutdown. Reports say dozens of Dems are in PR for the CHC BOLD PAC winter retreat — including meetings on Maria cleanup, and a party with PR’s “Hamilton” cast. pic.twitter.com/6FaBYKPo4L
— David McAlpine (@DavidMcAlpine) January 12, 2019
BOLD PAC, which raises money for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, also invited the Dems to a $400 per night seaside resort along with over a 100 corporate lobbyists and executives representing big names like Amazon and Facebook. The itinerary included multiple parties including one gathering with the cast of Hamilton.
“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” a memo said. BOLD PAC chairman Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) went on to say that the Dems would be “closely monitoring” the shutdown situation from afar, presumably in between sun-tanning and hobnobbing with lobbyists and Broadway actors.
Meanwhile, prominent Republicans including Sanders, Trump, his son Donald Trump, Jr., and RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blasted the Dems for putting their own leisure before helping the people they were elected to serve.
“While [President Trump] is in D.C. working to resolve the government shutdown and secure our border, Democrats are hitting the beach and partying with lobbyists,” McDaniel tweeted.
I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
Dems party while America suffers
Democrats have been on a tear lately pressuring Trump and Republicans to end the shutdown that they say is holding government workers “hostage,” but their actions in between official press appearances speak loudly about their actual level of concern.
And this is not the first vacation that Democrats have taken since the shutdown, now the longest in history, started. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who calls the wall “immoral” and absolutely refuses to negotiate on wall funding, went to Hawaii for Christmas vacation as the shutdown began, although she reportedly did not make it for the Puerto Rico trip.
Trump stayed at the White House through the holidays and has repeatedly called on the Democrats to work with him to negotiate a deal that protects the country with much-needed border security while opening up the government, but they have refused to budge. Trump walked out of a meeting with Dems last week after Pelosi told Trump that she would never support the wall even if he agrees to open up government.
Trump hit the Dems again on Monday for skipping town while he remained behind in Washington through the weekend.
“I’ve been here all weekend. A lot of the Democrats were in Puerto Rico celebrating something. I don’t know, maybe they’re celebrating the shutdown. We have a very big crisis on the border. Everybody knows it, they know it,” Trump told reporters.
Good on Sanders for calling a spade a spade. Democrats don’t care about government workers any more than they’re worried about the border crisis that they’ve called “manufactured.”