Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Beat,” network host Al Sharpton said President Donald Trump was treating federal employees who were not receiving paychecks but working through the partial government shutdown like slaves.
Discussing Trump saying workers will have to “make adjustments,” Sharpton said, “You can’t tighten your belt when you have been left standing in your underwear. That’s what he’s put 800,000 federal workers in that predicament as well as the subcontractors and the contractors. And to tell them that is not only insensitive. It borders on just political ruthlessness. And I think that’s where we are now. This has become ruthless.”
He continued, “To make people work when you don’t intend to pay them, or you’re not doing anything to practically pay them is the definition of slavery or involuntary servitude.”
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