Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich tore into CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany Thursday over Donald Trump’s choice of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary after she attempted to criticize Reich for calling the president-elect’s choice “anti-labor.”
“I just want to quickly say to Secretary Reich, I thought it was really unfair the way you characterize the cabinet picks. You know Jeff Sessions is a great guy,” McEnany. “… I think the pick today, Mr. Puzder, is a guy who his employees have said he cares about the cashier the same way he cares about the business owners. I think it’s really unfair to characterize him that way.”
“Just because he’s conservative, it doesn’t mean he’s anti-worker,” McEnany added.
“I’m not saying he’s anti-worker because he’s conservative,” Reich shot back. “I’m saying he’s anti-worker because he’s anti-worker. The Department of Labor came into his restaurants and found that half his restaurants had wage and labor violations that violated the law off the United States. You think that’s pro-worker?”
McEnenany repeated her talking point about Puzder caring about the cashiers at his restaurant proving he should be Labor Secretary before Reich shot back: “You think it’s pro-worker that his weekly paycheck equals the average yearly paycheck of his workers and he’s against a minimum wage increase?” Reich asked. “You think that is pro-worker? I’m sorry I’ve never hear of that.”
McEnenany responded that she doesn’t “believe in socialism,” she believes in “democracy and capitalism,” adding people at the top shouldn’t be demonized for making a lot of money.
“But why should they be Secretary of Labor when they are in charge of enforcing the labor laws and they have a record of not even obeying the labor laws?” Reich asked.
After McEnenany offered up the eighties as an example of how deregulation helped the economy, Reich landed this truth-bomb on the political commentator: “Nothing—nothing—trickled down to typical workers [in the eighties]” Reich said.
Watched the exchange below, via CNN:
‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man
On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.
Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020
WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’
SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.
"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.
Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report
On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.
"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."