Bernie Sanders Goes After New Labor Department Head Scalia, Calls His Confirmation ‘Obscene’

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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.”

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.

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General Confusion
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“Comrade Sanders conveniently forgets that without a strong business sector labor (especially his organized labor patronage) simply wouldn’t exist.” David Yarbrough

You are confused about a “strong business sector”. Without a strong labor sector, business would run out of control.

Wait, that is what we have now because labor had been crushed over the last 50 years.

Tom Bodine
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Enough of your BS Comrade just drop out of the race and take your loony tunes followers with you.

David Yarbrough
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David Yarbrough

Secretary Scalia should lead the charge to recombine the departments of Labor and Commerce, which were a single agency until the Wilson administration. Comrade Sanders conveniently forgets that without a strong business sector labor (especially his organized labor patronage) simply wouldn’t exist.

Betsy Lawson
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Bernie…actually this guy is a muppet. Look if Old Bernie and his hagatha of a wife and keep their luxury homes, his millions like all good Socialist leaders do, he will be spouting this crap forever. Someone wrote…”he’s got a law degree”, so what. If you r impressed by that, you lead a sad, useless life.

william jackson
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More bullPelosi from the old windbag Socialist—-go away blowhard phony!

Allen Zabel
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What is really obscene is having a useless, socialist, telling uninformed Americans, what’s good for them.
Hey Bernie, why not get a REAL JOB, before preaching to others?
His voters are ignorant and possibly brain dead, if they listen to him.

James
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Sounds to me like Mr. Scalia has made all the right moves to be transparent in his new job unlike some criminals past and present who work covertly and undercover of darkness – Barry Hussein, Hillary, Kerry, Schiff, Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, etc., etc., etc., et al.

Screwtape
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Bernie might have more personal objections besides politics, like jealousy.
He has a law degree. You a bachelor’s.
He has the alternative of a successful legal and lucrative legal career. You earned your first paycheck in political office.

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