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AOC Sticks Up For Unpaid TSA Workers, Blasts Republicans Over Shutdown

The partial government shutdown being forced by President Trump is now the longest shutdown in U.S. history and, with likely millions of people directly or indirectly affected, real concerns are mounting about how long people can survive and keep doing their jobs without pay.

Unsurprisingly it was the Democrats’ new headline-grabbing, Republican-terrorizing representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who spoke out most forcefully.

AOC questioned the premise that workers could practically continue to do their jobs without pay as the shutdown stretched into its 22nd day.

Many TSA workers are calling in sick during the pay freeze, which has concerning implications both for the workers and for the security of airports and other vital transportation hubs.

Also, it should go without saying that workers deserve to get paid for their work and shouldn’t have to suffer just because our super-rich president wants to play political poker with the Democrats in a bid to get his wall money.

The Tump administration has suggested that unpaid workers barter menial labor against their rent until paychecks resume, showing just how out of touch they are with working people.

As AOC pointed out it’s silly to expect workers to be able to keep doing their jobs without pay, as if it’s merely a choice, when many literally can’t work without pay, unless they want to abandon their children and starve to death and so forth.

They may also be unable to physically get to work if they can’t afford to pay for gas or others transportation. It’s the sort of simple, real-world consideration, that wealthy ruling class doesn’t understand.

Hopefully this idiotic shutdown will end soon and people can go back to getting paid for the important work that they do. If someone on Fox & Friends could make that point so that the president actually sees it, that would be great.

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