On Thursday, the 34th day of a government shutdown that’s left 800,000 federal workers without pay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference about the stand-off with President Donald Trump over funding for his border wall.
Pelosi cited the multiple security professionals, including former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who’ve written a letter airing security concerns as essential personnel continue to go unpaid.
“That should be a call to this administration to open up government,” Pelosi said.
“Instead they have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why,” Pelosi continued, referencing a statement by the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, a billionaire who said he didn’t understand why unpaid workers would have to rely on food banks.
“It’s a let them eat cake kind of attitude,” Pelosi said. “Or call your father for money.”
.@SpeakerPelosi addresses Ross’s comments: “They have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why they have to [go to food pantries]. Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude? Or call your father for money?” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/JZ9wlaytsa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2019
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.