An activist dressed as Marie Antoinette on Thursday attended a Home committee listening to for Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump funds reignites border safety struggle Census Bureau quietly looking for immigrants’ authorized standing: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Pelosi’s problem: Getting Dems again on identical web page MORE as half of an effort to protest the Trump administration’s previous actions. 

“The listening to simply began. We bought in! ,” the progressive group American Household Voices mentioned in a tweet that includes a girl dressed because the queen.

 

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Antoinette, who served as queen of France in the course of the French Revolution, is famously identified for saying “allow them to eat cake” after being advised that individuals have been ravenous in her nation. 

American Household Voices equated the road with Trump administration officers’ feedback in the course of the 35-day partial authorities shutdown in a video posted earlier this week. 

 

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The video consists of Ross expressing confusion when advised that some federal employees have been counting on meals banks amid the federal government shutdown, which was triggered when President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump commerce adviser the one economist in world who believes in tariffs Home transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon units new limits on transgender service members MORE refused to signal a Congressional spending invoice. 

“I do know they’re and I don’t actually fairly perceive why,” Ross, who’s reportedly value about $700 million, mentioned of federal employees.

The video additionally highlights remarks made by financial advisors Kevin Hassett and Larry Kudlow. Kudlow sparked outrage in January after he mentioned that federal staff have been “volunteering” to work with out pay amid the shutdown. 

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The clip transitions to clips of a girl dressed as Antoinette strolling by means of the Capitol constructing and ingesting out of a wine glass. 

“Allow them to eat cake as they are saying, or as I say,” the girl says. “Cheers to you, Wilbur Ross.”

Ross testified earlier than the Home Committee on Oversight and Authorities Reform about his resolution so as to add a citizenship query to the 2020 census. Lawmakers are anticipated to press Ross concerning the resolution, which has been tossed out by a number of courts.

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