California Republican Party spokesperson Jen Kerns said on Saturday that the American people have little sympathy for federal employees — or “bureaucrats and some paper pushers” in her words — who will be going without paychecks due to the partial government shutdown that began on Friday.
“I don’t think the American people have much sympathy, unfortunately, for bureaucrats and some paper pushers in Washington D.C.,” she said.
“Are you saying the American people do not care about the federal employees that are going over the Christmas holiday without their paychecks?” asked host Al Sharpton.
“As tough as that may sound,” she said. “I may sound like a Grinch saying it, but, look, the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. did not suffer as the rest of Americans did with the Obama recession. They got cost of living increases year after year.”
Sharpton asked if the “men and women sitting at the dinner table on Christmas day not knowing when they are going to see their next paycheck” don’t matter, to which Kerns replied:
“I didn’t say they didn’t matter. I say they have a different job security and pay scale than the rest of the American people have felt over the last eight to 10 years,” she said. “They will be taken care of by the credit unions. I promise you, they will be getting paycheck loans with no interest.”
“They can’t even go to a credit union until after the holiday, c’mon Jen,” Sharpton said.