On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) used her first floor speech to criticize Trump for the shutdown and holding “800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage,” according to Common Dreams.
Of the shutdown, she says, "It is actually not about a wall, it is not about the border, and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans."
"The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms."
Referencing her unsuccessful search for Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate building, she continues "It is not normal to shut down the government when we don't get what we want. It is not normal for public servants to run away and hide from the public that they serve."
Ocasio-Cortez remarked that Trump, along with “every member” of Congress has a responsibility to end the shutdown and “maintain the basic functioning of the United States government.”