Last weekend, as the partial government shutdown dragged on into its fourth week, Democratic members of Congress showed their concern for the 800,000 federal employees who aren't getting a paycheck by chartering a private jet to Puerto Rico to enjoy the island's beaches and a special performance of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton" with their families.
"It's been great for the Democrats in Puerto Rico, until the cameras showed up," Glenn Beck said on Monday's radio program. "And then, when the cameras showed up, it got ugly — and I mean that in every possible way. I don't know if you've seen the picture of the fat cats on the beach."
Glenn was referring to the now widely circulated photo of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) below:
Spotted: Sen. Bob Menendez on the beach at a resort in Puerto Rico on Day 22 of the partial government shutdown. Reports say dozens of Dems are in PR for the CHC BOLD PAC winter retreat — including meetings on Maria cleanup, and a party with PR's “Hamilton" cast. pic.twitter.com/6FaBYKPo4L — David McAlpine (@DavidMcAlpine) January 12, 2019
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted her response Sunday:
Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the borderhttps://t.co/zpJypJ2Slq — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 13, 2019
And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands??? https://t.co/EC63O8WiYy — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 13, 2019
A planning memo for the retreat, hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC boasted, "This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!"
"So while people are struggling ... they're on the beach in Puerto Rico," Glenn said. "Oh, by the way, there was also in attendance 109 different lobbyists, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook was there, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and of course all the unions."