On Thursday, longtime AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, a towering figure in the modern labor movement, unexpectedly died of a heart attack. But the GOP, traditionally opposed to collective bargaining rights, did not handle the news with the utmost tact.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, put out a statement that "My heart goes out to his family in this trying time ... That said, I will continue to defend workers against forced unionization, jobs-killing mandated wages, and other socialist policies endorsed by the AFL-CIO."
. @virginiafoxx on the death of Richard Trumka: https://t.co/BBM59fXNVj— House Ed & Labor Republicans (@House Ed & Labor Republicans) 1628193636.0
Commenters on social media blasted Foxx and the GOP members of the committee for their lack of respect.
@EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx Virginia Foxx is now 78 years old, which is also the average life expectancy in the US. P… https://t.co/PkpM6l7U65— That Guy (@That Guy) 1628197545.0
@EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx Hopefully union members will see this. At least you're not pretending to be pro-union any… https://t.co/RhrYlA66KP— Cosmic Divide (@Cosmic Divide) 1628197742.0
@KevinMKruse @EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx "Virginia Foxx is a warm and Godly woman, humble in her demeanor and kind to… https://t.co/Y7cd1ItFV5— George "big twisty" Ladshaw (@George "big twisty" Ladshaw) 1628197597.0
@EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx I freely admit that I’ve never heard of you and know nothing of you personally. Having se… https://t.co/mZQgyyxySn— Barbara Holton (@Barbara Holton) 1628198721.0
@Snowman55403 @EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx Sure, but it wouldn't have been the Republican choice.— Kelsey 🇺🇸 (@Kelsey 🇺🇸) 1628199662.0
@HelenKennedy @EdLaborGOP @virginiafoxx I mean, why the hell bother?— 😷Karmageddon😷 (@😷Karmageddon😷) 1628198775.0