Trump has no idea what it's actually like to work for a living.
Trump acted like a spoiled child on Tuesday when he stormed out of a negotiating meeting with Democrats over the government shutdown he insists on continuing until he gets funding for a border wall.
This is typical behavior for Trump — who, after all, grew up with an extremely wealthy father bankrolling his business endeavors and repeatedly bailing him out of trouble whenever he made terrible decisions.
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) publicly humiliated Trump by pointing out that, unlike him, federal workers who are losing paychecks thanks to the needless Trump shutdown don't have rich fathers to bail them out.
"Many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks," Pelosi pointedly explained to reporters. "And what that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, paying their rent, paying their car payment, paying their children's tuition and the rest."
"The president seems to be insensitive to that, he thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can't."
Trump infamously got his start in the world of real estate with the modern equivalent of a $140 million gift from his father, which he has ludicrously described as a "very small" loan. There's no evidence he ever paid the money back to Fred Trump.
The government shutdown caused by Trump's demand for a useless and expensive southern border wall is creating a major disruption in the lives over 800,000 federal workers.
Those workers aren't being paid because of Trump's stubborn, childish behavior. Their families are suffering, and so are the businesses where these workers would otherwise spend money. The problem has rippled throughout the entire U.S. economy, and will only get worse.
When Trump was asked about this recently, he actually claimed that getting his silly wall is a "higher purpose than next week's pay" for federal workers.
But federal workers help keep the government functioning, and they deserve to be paid for it. The wall will help no one and solve nothing, and would be a waste of taxpayer money.
In his private business career, Trump repeatedly refused to pay people what he owed them — so he clearly has no problem denying people a hard-earned paycheck.
Federal workers have been speaking out against Trump's shutdown, and decrying his willingness to give his ego priority over the national interest.
They, and the vast majority of Americans, cannot go to daddy for a bailout like Trump has his whole life. And Speaker Pelosi isn't afraid to point that out as she pushes for normalcy to return to the government.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.