The federal government partially shut down at midnight on Friday night, leaving many federal workers and contractors without a paycheck over the Christmas holiday.
But, according to GOP strategist and spokesperson for the California Republican Party Jen Kerns, most Americans don't care.
"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."
"We're talking about men and women sitting at the dinner table on Christmas day not knowing when they are going to see their next paycheck, and you are calling them paper pushers and bureaucrats, so they don't matter?" asked Sharpton.
"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.