Chelsea Clinton on congressional picnic steaks: 'Let them eat cake'

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Clinton, on Wednesday mocked congressional Republicans amid the ongoing national outrage over immigrant family separations at the border.

In a tweet targeting the congressional picnic at the White House, Clinton remarked "Qu’ils mangent de la brioche," which translates roughly to the famous saying, "Let them eat cake."

The quote, often attributed to the days leading up to the French Revolution, reflected the French aristocracy's disregard for starving peasants in the country and is often used to mock similar attitudes in modern times.


The saying was originally attributed to French Queen Marie Antoinette, though there is no record of her ever using it.

Clinton's use of the phrase comes as dozens of Democrats and Republicans have condemned the Trump administration for a “zero tolerance” policy on immigration implemented earlier this year that has led to thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the border.

The policy mandates that migrant adults who cross the border illegally be prosecuted, forcing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to separate families.

DHS's own statistics estimate that as many as 2,000 children were separated from their parents in a six-week period between April and May of this year.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.) announced Wednesday that the House would take up an immigration bill Thursday that would address the crisis after the White House stated during a Monday press conference that it was Congress's job to find a permanent solution to the crisis.

"The administration says it wants Congress to act, and we are," Ryan told reporters.