(National Sentinel) Tone Deaf: The U.S. government largely shut down at midnight Saturday as funding ran out due to Congress’ inability to pass a stopgap or long-term budget, thanks largely to lack of support from Democrats.
But as U.S. troops around the world, including those in combat zones, suddenly lost their paycheck, reports noted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invited all 192 House Democrats to an extravagant Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C. to mark the occasion of the shutdown.
“PELOSI hosting a dinner for all House Dems tonight at aqua al 2…..,” Politico‘s Jake Sherman tweeted/reported.
Meanwhile, The Hill‘s Scott Wong reported on what Democrats were having,
“On the menu at Pelosi’s dinner at Acqua al 2: cheeses and meats, pasta, lots of wine and for dessert … cheesecake with strawberry drizzle & tiramisu,” he tweeted.
The restaurant is reportedly one of D.C.’s finest Italian eateries, with entrees ranging in price from $18 to $39, without drinks.
Military families blasted the Pelosi outing.
“Hi @NancyPelosi Can my @USArmy daughter go? For some reason she’s not getting a paycheck and illegals get more support from dems then she does…personally I think its idiotic to hold up military paychecks… The play with high explosives…” wrote one critic.
“Wow. My Son in the military gets screwed and she celebrating? What has this country coming to?” wrote another.
“My son (deployed in Middle East) and daughter are both serving our Country, with honor, without pay… enjoy your dinner…” added another.
White Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also lashed out at Pelosi, as did Ashlee Strong, National Press Secretary for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“Nancy Pelosi is ‘very proud’ Democrats shut the government down over illegal immigration and is taking Democrats out tonight to celebrate. Nice message to send to the brave men & women of our military and border patrol forced to work without pay during the #DemocraticShutdown,” she tweeted.
Noted Strong: “The person who said recently that a couple thousand $$ in Americans’ pockets was mere “crumbs” is now taking the entire D caucus to a very nice restaurant on Capitol Hill.”
“Surely this isn’t true. Surely Leader Pelosi isn’t taking her grandstanding caucus to an extremely nice dinner while the government is shut down and most of its employees are furloughed. Right?” said Ryan’s Deputy Press Secretary, Molly Edwards.
J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel, said this was merely typical behavior from a “tone-deaf” Democratic Party.
“As a former member of the military who was still serving full-time during the 2013 shutdown, I can say with certainty that should this disgusting display of tone-deaf behavior by Democrats continue, our troops will suffer financially,” he said.
“The lower enlisted and officer ranks are not making king’s ransoms, and many live paycheck to paycheck, even on base,” he continued. “That this woman and her party would dismiss their service and sacrifice so casually, then go out and celebrate their ‘victory’ for illegal aliens over troops in the field, is beyond the pale. I predict Democrats will suffer mightily for this at the polls later this year.”
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