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‘He’s messing with people’s lives’: Bitter federal workers pound Trump for shutdown over a ‘a temper tantrum for a wall’

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Furloughed federal workers are waking up on Christmas morning wondering when they will see their next paychecks and how they will feed their families — and they are blaming it all on Donald Trump.

According to a report in the Washington Post the over 800,000 federal employees, who were sent home when Trump refused a budget deal that would keep the government running, are furious that their livelihoods depends upon Trump getting a wall that Democrats say they will never fund.

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Jaime Contreras, vice president of a 163,000-member chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said his members fear how long the wall debate will continue.

“It’s an issue that everyone is going to dig their heels in,” Contreras said. “The wall is irrational and impractical, and Democrats are not going to back down so we’re stuck in this situation and the people who are suffering are people working in these facilities living paycheck to paycheck.”

Lila Johnson, 71, who cleans bathrooms at the Agriculture Department, says she depends on her job to supplement her meager social security checks.

“It’s just putting me in a bind. I am going to have to juggle my bills around. My part-time job at the Agriculture Department helps me make ends meet,” she explained, adding she helps out with her great-grandchildren. “It’s not easy putting food on the table for kids and buying them clothes and shoes. That’s why I am still working.”

Johnson had harsh words for Trump.

“Trump is throwing a temper tantrum for a wall,” she said. “What’s the wall going to do? He just wants to say, ‘I delivered my promise.’ But he’s messing with people’s lives.”

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Raekwon Snyder, 23, a contractor with the Food and Drug Administration, already has a part-time job tending bar to make ends meet.

He said that he may have to go back to driving for Lyft or Uber.

“I don’t like it, it’s not fun, especially when you’re sitting at work talking to your co-workers, saying, ‘I don’t know when I’ll see you guys again,’ ” he said. “It’s funny in the moment, but when you leave, it’s kind of sad. You just hope your co-workers are okay, as well.”

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Ron DeSantis is secretly sabotaging Florida’s efforts to court the Republican National Convention: report

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After President Trump threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launched a push to bring the convention to his state. But according to a report from The New York Times, DeSantis is now hindering his state's efforts to bring in the event.

"Mr. DeSantis, a Republican, has directed his top fund-raiser, Heather Barker, to tell donors not to give to the convention because of a personal dispute between the governor and Susie Wiles, his former campaign manager who is serving as an informal adviser to the convention planners, according to multiple people familiar with his actions," the Times' Annie Karni and Patricia Mazzei write.

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Kayleigh McEnany has railed against recipients of government assistance — but her parents received $1-2 million in PPP loans: report

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has been highly critical of Americans who receive any type of government assistance and isn’t shy about expressing her disdain for “welfare recipients.” But McEnany’s parents, according to data released by the Small Business Administration earlier this week, received millions of dollars in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

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WATCH: Fast food manager curses at father who asked her to put a mask on while preparing his food

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An incident at a fast food drive-thru in New York on July 4 was captured on video, showing a family engaged in a confrontation with a restaurant manager who apparently wasn't wearing a mask, News12 reports.

Brandon Trotta says he took his kids to Dairy Queen when he saw several employees inside not wearing masks.

“I saw the person preparing our Blizzards not wearing a mask so I told the cashier that I'm not going to take those and I asked if they could remake them wearing a mask,” he told News 12.

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