The government shutdown is going into its second week and there has been little progress made between Democrats and Republicans to come up with a solution that benefits both parties.
On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin sat down with furloughed IRS employee, Terry Scott, who shared that he feels “used and insulted” by President Donald Trump.
Scott mentioned that he is living off of his savings and is worried about paying for his basic needs.
“This has nothing to do with federal employees. The president is taking the position that he wants on the wall and then furloughing us in order to get it, that’s very insulting,” he said.
“It is very possible that they could have their separate discussions about building this wall and 800,000 employees be at work. But to just carve us out and to use us till he gets what he wants, that’s very hurting and very insulting to the average federal employee,” Scott said.
“Are you spending your savings because of this?” Baldwin asked.
“Yes, and I speak for some 750 federal employees that are within my chapter. I spoke to a parent today whose daughter’s tuition is about to become due. People would have to dip into their savings because there is no paycheck,” he said.
He added, “It is a huge impact when people are uncertain about when we’re going to return to work, how long they’re going to have to continue to dip into their savings in order to make it. No paycheck coming in but guess what, the bills don’t stop because we’re furloughed.”
Watch the interview below via CNN.
John Oliver cites Donald Trump’s final offer for Greenland: ‘$200 and I’ll throw in Don Jr.’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's favorite highlight of the week was, of course, the president's decision that he wanted to buy Greenland.
In his opener Sunday, the HBO host said that he wasn't all that surprised given Trump's track record.
"Of course, he f*cking did. Of course, he did. Greenland is icy, distant and autonomous is exactly Trump's type," Oliver said, showing a photo of Trump with the first lady.
He noted that the absurdity reached such exceedingly high levels over the comments that the Prime Minister of Denmark was forced to make a statement that "Greenland is not for sale."
Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge
Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.
“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”
Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war
President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.
"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."