President Trump’s nomination choice for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, has just dropped out of contention and it appears that an old Oprah Winfrey interview has everything to do with it.
Winfrey’s interview with “Ann,” whom she claimed is Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, divorced the CEO of CKE Restaurants back in 1987. The 1990 interview was part of a show she did on “High Class Battered Women.”
All of the Democrats had already arrayed against his nomination, and with four Republicans who were waffling on their support, his labor secretary nomination was done.
Puzder was due to begin his confirmation hearings Thursday, but NBC reports that he cancelled his prep meetings for them.
Among the allegations, Fierstein claimed he hit her in places where it wouldn’t show and maintained she still had injuries years later:
“Most men who are in positions like that don't leave marks. The damage that I sustained you can't see. It's permanent. ... They don't hit you in the face. They're too smart. They don't hit you in front of everyone.”
Fierstein told Oprah that she had called the cops on Puzder and he verbally threatened her: “I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.”
However, eight months after the Oprah interview, Fierstein recanted her story.
She said in the interview that he left her with “nothing”:
“I wound up losing everything, everything. I have nothing. He has a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz. He has the home. He has everything. He was an attorney, and he knew how to play the system.”
Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants which is the parent company of Hardees, The Green Burrito and Carl’s Jr.