Every day, members of the Secret Service put themselves in the line of fire to defend the Trump family. Now he's pushing to kill their pay.
Secret Service agents are willing to put their lives on the line to protect Trump and his family, but his push for a shutdown to pay for his racist border wall could cut off their pay.
In a shutdown, Secret Service agents still have to work because they are deemed essential, but they'd have to do it without paychecks since government agencies wouldn't have money to pay them.
As HuffPost notes, "None would be paid during the shutdown and would have to get by on savings or short-term loans."
A Trump-led shutdown would affect the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The State Department, Treasury, and Department of Interior are also among the many, many agencies and services that would be disrupted.
Trump is pushing for a shutdown unless Democrats in Congress fund his border wall fantasies. Democratic leaders have made clear that the waste of tax dollars to fund the useless project will not happen.
While fuming about Democratic opposition to his obsession Trump said, "I am proud to shut down the government" over the racist wall.
Republicans have tied themselves to Trump as he jumps off this rhetorical cliff, and have the country headed toward a mess. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admitted his party has "no discernible plan" to stop a Trump shutdown.
Americans don't want a shutdown and have made clear that by a nearly 2-to-1 margin they will blame Trump and his Republican Party if one occurs.
The men and women who protect the Trumps deserve decent compensation for their service to the country. But if he has his way, they and their families will be casualties of his stubbornness and bigotry.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.