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'Marie Antoinette' activist attends House hearing to protest Trump Commerce chief

‘Marie Antoinette’ activist attends House hearing to protest Trump Commerce chief

An activist dressed as Marie Antoinette on Thursday attended a House committee hearing for Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump budget reignites border security fight Census Bureau quietly seeking immigrants’ legal status: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Pelosi’s challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE as part of an effort to protest the Trump administration’s past actions. 

“The hearing just started. We got in! ,” the progressive group American Family Voices said in a tweet featuring a woman dressed as the queen.


Antoinette, who served as queen of France during the French Revolution, is famously known for saying “let them eat cake” after being told that people were starving in her country. 

American Family Voices equated the line with Trump administration officials’ comments during the 35-day partial government shutdown in a video posted earlier this week. 


The video includes Ross expressing confusion when told that some federal workers were relying on food banks amid the government shutdown, which was triggered when President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump trade adviser the only economist in world who believes in tariffs House transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon sets new limits on transgender service members MORE refused to sign a Congressional spending bill. 

“I know they are and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross, who’s reportedly worth about $700 million, said of federal workers.

The video also highlights remarks made by economic advisors Kevin Hassett and Larry Kudlow. Kudlow sparked outrage in January after he said that federal employees were “volunteering” to work without pay amid the shutdown. 

The clip transitions to clips of a woman dressed as Antoinette strolling through the Capitol building and drinking out of a wine glass. 

“Let them eat cake as they say, or as I say,” the woman says. “Cheers to you, Wilbur Ross.”

Ross testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Lawmakers are expected to press Ross about the decision, which has been tossed out by several courts.

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