Donald Trump’s nomination for Labor Secretary, fast food CEO and notorious exploiter of workers Anthony Puzder, just had a major wrench thrown into his confirmation.
Talkshow host and media empress Oprah Winfrey once had Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, on the Oprah Winfrey Show to recount how she had been cruelly abused by her then-husband.
Fierstein was later forced to recant those allegations in order to get a child custody agreement with Pudzer, who she was divorcing – similar to the way that Ivana Trump was obligated to recant the accusation that President Donald Trump had raped her in order to get on with her life.
But Oprah has generously provided copies of the tape of that episode to Senators of both parties so they have all the pertinent information when considering Puzder’s nomination.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WASH) says she is “deeply troubled” by the contents of the tape.
At least four Republicans – Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) are considering rejecting him, which would lead to an embarrassing Senate defeat for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Puzder is a harsh critic of minimum wage laws and worker protection regulations. His restaurant chain, Carl Jr’s, is known not only for the gratuitous use of hypersexualized women in their advertisements but also for deplorable rates of workplace sexual harassment – two out of every three female workers report some kind of harassment on the job.
But seeing as both Donald Trump and his Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon are both notorious abusers themselves, it’s easy to understand why Trump would want a similar-thinking man to run his labor department.
Let’s hope that the tape is convincing enough to prompt enough Republicans to do the right thing – for once.