Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called the confirmation of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, Eugene Scalia, as the secretary of labor “obscene.”
In a tweet published Thursday, Sanders — the self-described democratic socialist running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020 — attacked the new labor secretary after his Senate confirmation the same day.
The Vermont independent accused Scalia of “helping” large corporations “undermine health and safety regulations” and called his confirmation as the Labor Department head “obscene.”
“As a corporate lawyer and lobbyist, Eugene Scalia made millions working for Chevron, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and other huge corporations, helping them undermine health and safety regulations. So naturally he’s Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Department. Obscene.”
As a corporate lawyer and lobbyist, Eugene Scalia made millions working for Chevron, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and other huge corporations, helping them undermine health and safety regulations.
So naturally he's Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. Obscene. https://t.co/KDx4M6EN4B
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 26, 2019
Scalia’s confirmation on Thursday came at a 53-44 vote. He will be replacing former Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in July after public outcry regarding a plea deal in 2008 for deceased sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was a U.S. Attorney in Florida at the time of the deal.
The new Labor Department head’s nomination was hit by opposition from Democrats, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calling it “a slap to the face of labor” during a floor speech that morning.
“Scalia’s nomination is a slap to the face of labor because Mr. Scalia’s life work has been utterly opposed to the mission of the agency to which he’s nominated. He has sided repeatedly with the large corporate interest against the working people.”
Scalia handed over a list of clients to the Office of Government Ethics in August outlining some of his past clients, including Facebook, Ford, Bank of America, Goldmann Sachs, and vape company Juul Labs.
The new labor secretary said that he would stay out of any decisions that could affect his former clients for a year without getting a written waiver first.