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What Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Other Entrepreneurs Tweeted About the U.S. Government Shutdown


It's usually wise for business owners to keep their political views off of social media. Besides, most entrepreneurs are too busy growing their companies to worry about tweeting their opinions about what happens on Capitol Hill.

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But something big happened in Washington last night: the U.S. government partially shut down as Democrats and Republicans failed to overcome issues related to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and to pass a new federal budget. It's the first time the government has been shut down in 17 years.

And while many entrepreneurs have remained silent on Twitter, others have taken to the social-media site to express their views as business owners.

Or, at times, to poke a little fun.

Here's a quick roundup of what some business owners have tweeted about the government shutdown:

Outspoken serial entrepreneur and one-time potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was critical of his party:

Martha Stewart is not pleased:

Another serial business owner, Gurbaksh Chahal, channeled his inner entrepreneur:

The founder and chief executive of Box had this to say: 

Peter Shankman, who founded HARO, was hoping for a day off (joking, right?):

Similarly, paidContent and Skift founder Rafat Ali was wondering this:

Like others, Anil Dash, co-founder of Activate and ThinkUp, was worried about government agencies like the SEC:

Tech entrepreneur David Galbraith tweeted:



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Jason Fell is director of native content for Entrepreneur, managing the Entrepreneur Partner Studio, which creates dynamic and compelling content for our partners. He previously served as's managing editor and as the technology editor prior to that.