CNN’s Randi Kaye spoke with several government workers in an interview about the shutdown this week. Not surprisingly, she discovered that each one of them are suffering extreme financial hardship at the hands of the government shutdown now well into its second month.
One worker, Marah Pearlman, told Kaye how she and her husband have placed themselves on a “macaroni and cheese” diet and STILL won’t be able to afford the expensive daily medication her son needs. Another, Tom Ruiz, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, has taken another job but says it is nothing compared to the cost of medical bills piling up while going without a paycheck.
In one of the most heartbreaking moments of the interview, Kaye said to divorced dad Kyle Coats, “You ran out of money TODAY? Is that true?” and he brings the room to a sobering halt when he replied, “Today. I absolutely did.” He now fears he won’t be able to afford the long drive to visit his daughter.
Kaye spoke with the workers about how they felt about a quote from a top White House aide calling this furlough a “paid vacation”. They were shocked and furious. Touching even more of a nerve, Kaye asked if they thought President Trump could related to them in this particular situation. Mr. Coats said “I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone in Congress can relate to this.”
Coats, who voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, was asked if he felt betrayed by him at this point. He replied,
“I definitely feel betrayed by him… Y’know, he talked about supporting law enforcement. I’m a federal law enforcement officer not receiving pay. How is that supporting law enforcement officers?
A common theme heard from these federal workers and many of the 800,000 people in their same position is that they just want to get back to work but with President Trump refusing to sign off on ANY plan that doesn’t include the now infamous border wall funding, the end is nowhere in sight.