As the President fights for larger tax breaks on capital gains, which will disproportionately benefit the wealthier portions of America, he has come under attack, not only by Democrats, but also fellow Republicans, for his recent freeze of federal workers’ pay.
“In light of our Nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” Trump wrote to congressional leaders last week.
On Thursday Mr. Trump made the announcement that he would be freezing the scheduled 2.1 percent pay increase for federal employees, as well as freezing raises scheduled for specific localities. This decision affected over 2 million American employees, of which approximately 1.7 million reside in the Virginia/Maryland/Washington DC area.
This move, on the part of the president, put extraordinary pressure on one of Trump’s biggest supporters running for Senate. Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart, who was nearly laughed off stage last month when stating that Trump was “standing up to the Russians” during his Helsinki meeting with Putin, now is a critic of the president.
“Federal employees in Virginia wake up early, face punishing traffic and work hard to serve their nation and support their families,” Stewart told The Washington Post.
Stewart later stated that “these workers need and deserve a pay raise,” adding that he “almost never differs with President Trump, but in this case [he does].”
Then, last night, this story became a little bit odd when the President retweeted a tweet made earlier in the day by Mr. Stewart, in which he did attack Obama, but also linked to an article by The Hill attacking the president for these pay freezes.
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) September 1, 2018
From an outsider’s point of view, it almost appears as if the President simply read the text of Stewart’s message attacking Obama’s policies, but failed to click through to the main point of the tweet, which was to attack Trump’s recent decision to freeze federal pay raises to over 2 million American employees.