Richard Trumka disregards his own violent record in attack on conservatives.
In a blog post at the official AFL-CIO web site, union boss Richard Trumka – ignoring his own record – blames conservative talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh for opening “the door to hate” post 9/11.
He also blamed “the Koch brothers, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads group, Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the American Legislative Exchange Council.”
According to Trumka, everything bad that has happened since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, can all be laid at the feet of racist conservatives:
We’ve seen the costs of hatred in ill-thought wars, in shameful attacks on immigrants and our LGBT neighbors. We saw it in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We saw it in the racism that has found overt and covert expression since Barack Obama began his run for office—from outright declarations of people who said out loud they would never vote for a black man to the ridiculously persistent obsession with our president’s birth certificate. Regardless of his policies or priorities, President Obama is shadowed by the drumbeat of suspicion based on his “other”-ness. And those suspicions are fed and watered constantly by forces that were threatened by his message of “hope and change.”
Naturally, Trumka ignores the fact that Jared Loughner – the man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January – acted alone, and expressed views more consistent with the left than the right. Apparently, if you’re a union boss, facts are irrelevant.
Being the good leftist that he is, Trumka blames the existence of what Madeleine Morganstern of The Blaze calls “a racist conspiracy against President Barack Obama” for the President’s own failures.
Recall that before the 2004 election, the AFL-CIO heavily criticized President George W. Bush for using images of firefighters from Sept. 11 in campaign ads, calling them “disgraceful” and saying they “smack of political opportunism.”
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the President would try to trade on the heroism of those fire fighters in the September 11 attacks. The use of 9/11 images are hypocrisy at its worst,” Harold Schaitberger, president of the firefighters union, said in 2004.
Now, she writes, “it‘s Trumka outright using the firefighters’ heroism, linking their bravery of running into the burning World Trade Center to standing with teachers in Wisconsin”:
That’s what sent 347 firefighters to their death at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. It’s also what sent firefighters to stand with teachers in Wisconsin even though Gov. Scott Walker had exempted them from his attack on public employees. It’s what moves employed people now to demand good jobs for the 26 million Americans who are looking for work. It’s what gives us the courage to take on a crumbling economy and the politicians preaching austerity and ignoring our jobs crisis—to take them on and say, “We are America. We are better than this. And we are one.”
In Trumka’s twisted view of the universe, conservatives are apparently responsible for all the assaults committed by union thugs against Tea Party activists during the Wisconsin Insurrection, and are no doubt responsible for the death threats issued against GOP lawmakers, their families and staff members.
Following Trumka’s “logic,” Beck, Limbaugh and the Koch brothers are responsible for a Wisconsin Democrat telling a female GOP colleague that she was “f****** dead” on the floor of the state Assembly, as well as comments by Congressman Mike Capuano (D-MA) that unions should “get a little bloody.”
Maybe he thinks Beck and Limbaugh are also responsible for a disgusting Facebook event asking union thugs to mail human feces to a Tea Party activist, and of course he must think they are responsible for the hundreds of union thugs who recently stormed the port in Longview, WA.
Actually, it is Trumka and his fellow union bosses – aided and abetted by elected Democrats – who are responsible for the hate, and it is time for them to be held accountable.
Nick Cote of the National Right to Work wrote in 2009 that Trumka himself has a long and violent history:
As president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union, Trumka led multiple violent strikes. Trumka’s fiery rhetoric often appeared to condone militancy and violence, especially against workers who dared to continue to provide for their families by working during a strike. As a Virginia judge ruled in 1989, “violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Take the murder of Eddie York, a nonunion contractor, who was shot in the back of the head and killed while leaving a worksite in 1993. Trumka and other UMW officials were charged in a $27 million wrongful death suit by Eddie York’s widow. After fighting the suit intensely for four years, UMW lawyers settled suddenly in 1997 — just two days after the judge in the case ruled evidence in the criminal trial would be admitted.
Later, as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Trumka pleaded the Fifth Amendment before Congress and a court-appointed election monitor over his role in an illegal fundraising scheme to benefit the Teamsters president Ron Carey’s re-election. Trumka has remained in his position ever since despite an AFL-CIO rule (adopted in 1957) which held that union officials who plead the Fifth have “no right to continue to hold office” in the union umbrella organization.
A PDF file at the website highlights what it calls “Trumka’s record of militancy, disregard for the rule of law, and condoning of violence by union goons.”
For Trumka – or any union boss – to claim conservative “hate” is responsible for anything, quite frankly, is laughable, and Trumka should be ashamed.
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