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Trumpka Ducks Question on Comparing Scott Walker to Hitler


How hard is it for Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, to say, “No, as much as I disagree with him, oppose his agenda, and wish he were not in office, Scott Walker is not Hitler”?

It’s too much to ask, apparently. From Meet the Press:

MR. GREGORY: I want to, I want to get to a break. Richard Trumka , I want to ask you one thing, again, about the tone of the debate . You’re one of the leading labor voices in the country . Do you condemn the hyperbole, the overstatements, comparisons to Hitler and dictators? Do you think that’s wrong on the part of pro- unionsupporters?

MR. TRUMKA: We want to — I — look, we ought to — pro, anti- union , it doesn’t matter.

MR. GREGORY: It’s inappropriate.

MR. TRUMKA: We should be sitting down trying to create jobs. When — and look, if you think that the argument that you’re doing in Wisconsin is winning, as you said, Kim , the polls show that every – Wisconsin , vast majority of the people think this governor has overreached. His popularity has gone down. They’re saying to him, “Sit down and negotiate. Don’t do what you’ve been doing.” So he’s losing. If that’s the argument you’re going to do this year or next year, it’s a loser for, for anybody who advocates it.

Boy, that post-Tucson new tone of civility is fantastic, isn’t it?

Tags: AFL-CIO , Scott Walker


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