No one in the Trump Administration looks more like the Monopoly Man than Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, so it’s kind of nice of him to make public statements that align with the brand. Today, Wilbur Ross — whose net worth is somewhere around $3 billion — put on his monocle and said, out loud, “I don’t quite understand why” furloughed workers are going to food banks when there are loans available. “So there really isn’t a good excuse why there is a liquidity crisis. Now true, people might have to pay a little bit of interest, but the idea that it’s paycheck or zero is not really a valid idea.”
(He also expressed disappointment in all the air-traffic controllers who are calling in sick).
Wilbur Ross had his take. Twitter (and Nancy Pelosi) had theirs:
Nancy Pelosi responds to Wilbur Ross: "Is this the 'let them eat cake' kind of attitude, or 'call your father for money?'" Via ABC pic.twitter.com/2qOpT4472P— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 24, 2019
Thoughts on unpaid federal workers:— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 24, 2019
"In some sense they're better off."
- Kevin Hassett
"It is a little bit of pain but it's going to be for the future of our country."
- Lara Trump
"There’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan."
- Wilbur Ross
Lara Trump: I’m going to have the most out of touch take regarding federal workers this week— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) January 24, 2019
Wilbur Ross: Hold my Dom Pérignon
Wilbur Ross doesn’t understand why federal employees can’t just borrow a few bucks from their butlers or cut back on dressage expenses for a couple of weeks— NeverSaid"Hat" (@Popehat) January 24, 2019
Fixed it: Wilbur Ross dubbed over Mr. Burns pic.twitter.com/a0zebOBZoR— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) January 24, 2019
“Why don’t they simply gain nourishment like I do, by sucking in dust through their jowl gills” https://t.co/xClgxCNdUA— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) January 24, 2019
Wilbur Ross to unpaid government workers: pic.twitter.com/aeW4OdcPQW— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) January 24, 2019
"Why don't they just buy more money?" - Wilbur Ross— Joey Beachum (@JoeyBeachum) January 24, 2019
“Have they considered a life of maniacal grifting?” - Wilbur Ross— Ryan Perry (@rynprry) January 24, 2019