Syndicated columnist and author Michelle Malkin said the optics are bad for Democrats after about 30 lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat.

Republicans were quick to criticize their Democratic colleagues for the trip, which included a special performance of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton." New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez was even spotted shirtless on the beach. 

While some of the Democrats attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan and met with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, Republicans were angered over images of lawmakers enjoying the island’s beaches as the partial government shutdown entered its third week.

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Malkin said there is a striking contrast between Democrats visiting Puerto Rico and President Trump working overtime at the White House to secure border security funding and end the shutdown.

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"The president is ... working overtime and going down to the border to underscore the national crisis that has been ongoing for decades," Malkin said. "And then you have the so-called 'party of the people' partying for the people, playing beach blanket bingo with corporate lobbyists after having been shipped there on a private charter."

She said Democrats want to avoid the border security debate, and they -- along with their allies in the mainstream media -- attempt to portray Trump as a "human rights abuser" for demanding funding for his long-promised wall and other border security measures.

"This is a national security issue, this is a public safety issue, it's a cultural issue, it's an economic issue," Malkin said.

"It is really hard to deal with these beltway crap weasels who want to invest in everything except for the basic sovereignty of the country."

Watch more from Malkin above, and see the "Next Revolution" panel weigh in on Menendez being spotted shirtless on the beach below.

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