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After Ignoring Angel Moms, Senate Dems Hold Rally for Government Workers Affected by Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leads the Senate Democrats, carrying large photos of federal workers affected by the governement shut down, down the Senate steps a news conference to call on President Trump to re-open the government on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Senate Democrats held a shutdown rally in front of the Capitol Wednesday morning, holding giant photos of government workers affected by the shutdown.

“Each one of these Americans has a different story about how the shutdown is hurting them and their families,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “As the Trump shutdown drags on, more and more Americans are hurt,” Schumer intoned. He went on to share the story of a federal food safety inspector for the Department of Agriculture who has missed a paycheck and now doesn’t know how he’s going to be able to afford his medical bills.

This rally came a day after a group of Angel Moms (mothers of those killed by illegal immigrants) wielded giant photos of their murdered children at the offices of Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Angel Moms have attempted in vain all month to meet with Democrat leaders to discuss legislation to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Angel Mom Sabine Durden, whose son Dominic was killed by an illegal alien in 2012, reacted to Schumer’s rally on Twitter, saying: “Really? They can still hug their children, many of us Angel moms will never b able to do that. I would give up everything to just have my son for 1 hour.”

Asked for comment, Durden told PJ Media: “How incredibly insulting to those who would give up EVERYTHING to have their loved ones back for just a few hours. He’s showing his true colors and they are NOT red/white and blue. This little show is exactly what we talked about when we went to his office and he didn’t make time to even meet us for a minute. Those workers will get their pay, I will NEVER get my son back. Shameful and I wish he would fight this hard for Americans who suffered the ultimate loss because they are not helping to secure our borders .”

Last week, Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son, 32-year-old police officer Brandon Mendoza, was killed by a drunk illegal alien in 2012, said on Fox News’ Hannity: “I would love the opportunity to stand in front of Nancy Pelosi mother to mother, and look her in the eye, and say, ‘which child of yours, or grandchild of yours, would you give up to support this agenda?'”

She added that Pelosi’s refusal to meet with them was “like a slap in our face and a kick to our loved ones’ graves.” Mendoza said that she tried calling Pelosi’s office to set up a meeting for when she would be back in D.C., “and it was dead silence” on the other end of the phone “and the staffer said no.”

Unable to meet with the leaders, the Angel Moms ended up protesting inside the Capitol Hill offices of Schumer and Pelosi on Tuesday instead.

“It’s a slap, it’s a stab, it’s a kick in the gut, in the groin,” Durden said.

Radio talk show host Rose Tennent asked how it felt to be refused a meeting with the speaker.

“If you can talk all that talk, why don’t you walk all that walk?” Durden asked, referring to Democrats who have heavily criticized President Trump’s wall proposal. “If you’re that tough, come see me. Come see all of us in one room. No press, just us, just for two minutes.”

“What’s interesting is, literally, there’s a wall between you and Nancy,” Tennent pointed out.