Lara Trump Says 'Disingenuous' Media Misrepresented Her Remarks About Furloughed Gov't Employees
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Thursday, Lara Trump responded to the backlash over comments she made about furloughed federal workers amid the partial government shutdown.
In an interview with BOLD TV, Trump, Eric Trump's wife and President Trump's daughter-in-law, said the shutdown is "not fair" to the 800,000 people who are not getting paychecks, but the immigration debate is "so much bigger than any one person."
"It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country and their children and their grandchildren, and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice right now," Trump said.
She added, “I would just tell them, 'Please stay strong. We appreciate everything that you’re sacrificing. We’re behind you and we’re going to do everything we can, I know the president is doing everything he can to resolve this quickly.'"
Trump was quickly criticized by many in the media for her remarks, particularly for characterizing people missing paychecks as "a little bit of pain." On "The View," Joy Behar compared Trump to French Queen Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake" remark.
“A little bit of pain?” She must not have talked to the workers at our airport or the prison guards working without pay: Lara Trump tells federal workers that their missed paychecks are sacrifices for the ‘future of our country’ https://t.co/3E5U0o4yNg
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 23, 2019
Trump said this is a classic example of the mainstream media being "disingenuous" by claiming she is insensitive to federal workers.
— Lara Trump (@LaraLeaTrump) January 23, 2019
She argued that anyone who watched the full interview would see that she is "incredibly empathetic" toward the hundreds of thousands of people struggling without paychecks.
She said her point was that the president is standing strong in his position because he believes strongly in border security and he's doing what's best for the nation.
"For the mainstream media to take one little blurb out of what I said, misconstrue it and misrepresent what I had to say is completely unacceptable," Trump said. "And it’s why the president calls the media a lot of ‘fake news’ these days."
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.