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Update: Yup, Puzder has withdrawn his nomination! See end of post!

Looks like Donald Trump’s awful nominee for Labor secretary, Carl’s Junior/Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder, just might turn out to be too awful even for Republicans to confirm. CNN reported Tuesday that four Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia — have told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell they aren’t able to support Puzder, thanks to the sort of things that would normally have already forced other cabinet nominees to withdraw — not just his former wife’s allegations, during their divorce, of spousal abuse (which she has since retracted), but also Puzder’s own admission that he had employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper, and not paid payroll taxes for her, either. Now, after multiple delays, the Labor Secretary Nobody Liked is up for hearings set for Thursday.

So now Mitch McConnell is lobbying the troublemaking senators to get back in line, hoping that at least two will come back to the Republican nickel-and-dime so Vice President Mike Pence can make history — again! — by being the only veep whose vote was necessary to confirm a second cabinet member, after he was historically summoned to break the tie on horrible Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. CNN notes that Murkowski and Collins were also the only two Republicans to vote against DeVos, and that they’re considered less likely to be forced to start singing on-key from the GOP hymnal than Scott and Isakson.

McConnell doesn’t want to be the guy who tells Donald Trump the nomination needs to be withdrawn due to lack of support, so he’s expected to go all MitchNuts on the wayward senators:

But the sources involved in the urgent lobbying effort, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, said the leader viewed this as a test of party unity and his leadership, and was determined to round up the necessary votes.

To that, several business organizations with political clout have joined the effort, including the Chamber of Commerce, which sent lawmakers a letter supporting the Puzder nomination last week and has been working in concert with Senate GOP leadership to sway the senators who have reported their opposition or likely opposition to Puzder.

If you’re a Wonker in Maine, Alaska, South Carolina, or Georgia, first off, you have our deepest sympathies, and second, you need to get on the phone and tell those senators this would be a great chance for them to demonstrate their independence and political courage and stuff. Hell, regardless of where you live, get on the phone and call your senators’ local offices and let them know Puzder’s unacceptable. The Democrats need our support and the Republicans need to know we’re out here.

Also worth mentioning: Puzder’s perfectly horrible record on labor rights, which has been the focus of labor groups like the pro-minimum wage increase organization Fight for $15, which coordinated protests Monday against Puzder at the headquarters of parent company CKE in Anaheim and of Hardee’s in Saint Louis, as well as at other Carl’s/Hardee’s locations around the country. Carl’s and Hardee’s employees have accused the chain’s management of tolerating sexual harassment, and of violating any number of labor rules, like withholding overtime pay, forcing them to take unpaid breaks, and cutting hours of workers who they suspected of involvement in union organizing:

A Los Angeles worker, Ivan Nava, said that when his manager “found out that I had started organizing for the Fight for $15, she cut my hours from six to eight hours a day down to as little as four hours a day, and started scheduling my shifts when she knew I had college classes.” He filed a claim accusing the franchise of “implicitly threatening Ivan Nava with retaliation for engaging in union activity.”

They seem nice! Puzder’s defenders insist these are problems only with the franchise owners, and should not be considered a problem for him, not that Republicans do; the opposition seems to have more to do with that undocumented housekeeper than with Puzder’s crappy workplaces. Nonetheless, Fight for $15 notes that

Puzder’s restaurants have a long and troubled history of worker abuse. In 60 percent of Department of Labor investigations since 2009, CKE restaurants and franchises were found to have violated wage and hour laws. Since Puzder became CEO of CKE in 2000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which falls under the DOL, has found 98 safety violations at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations, with 36 of them capable of causing death or grave physical harm. Capital & Main reported that, under Puzder’s tenure as CEO, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have been hit with more federal employment discrimination lawsuits than any other major U.S. hamburger chain.

Just so you know, even if his nomination is ultimately stopped by the untaxed undocumented employee — this guy’s bad news, and we’ll be glad to see him gone. CNN Congressional reporter Manu Raju reports the effort to get two of the renegade Republicans to change their minds appears to have failed, and there may even have been more defections:

Top Senate Republicans have urged the White House to withdraw the Andrew Puzder nomination for labor secretary, a senior GOP source said, adding there are four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12.

Here’s hoping that opposition holds up — get to your phones, kids. Not that anyone Trump appoints to Labor would be a friend of workers, but it seems difficult to imagine too many candidates who’d be worse.

UPDATE: It’s official: Puzder has withdrawn from consideration as Labor Secretary, and will now have to be content with making the lives of fast-food workers a living hell. But not everyone else with a job. One Republican senator said that 12 Republicans “at a minimum” were withholding their support for Puzder. It’s unclear who Trump’s next pick for the post will be; it’s not yet clear whether anyone has informed the president that the awful boss in Office Space is a fictional character.

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  • Nounverb911

    Funny how that topic just came up in the last post….

  • Nounverb911
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Already called my senators about this asshole. I worked for Carl’s Jr when I was a teenager and can attest to the fact that they sucked to work for.

  • OneYieldRegular

    If Puzder gets rejected, Trump can always appoint Dead Joseph Stalin as Labor Secretary.

    • georgiaburning

      Gulags make for full employment!

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I am so distressed by this news, that I may just plotz right here!

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Republican opposition to undocumented domestic workers paid under the table is going to be in direct conflict with Trump’s “rich folks only” cabinet selection policy.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They can’t seem to make the connection, can they? My wingnut sister complains about “ill-eagles” but isn’t willing to commit to putting the employers of said “ill-eagles” in jail…

      • georgiaburning

        It’s all in the Simpson–Mazzoli Act, signed into law by Reagan in 1986

        • o’look Skwerl!

          Yep, I need to prove I work in the US, but if I lie, it is no fault of the employer because I signed a piece of paper!

          • georgiaburning

            That’s right! You’re the fiend who falsely claimed status.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          There’s so much “well, they made a ‘reasonable’ effort, so no foul” in that.

      • HogeyeGrex

        The point is, of course, that the employers really want an underclass of workers too scared to go to any authorities no matter how badly they get screwed over.

  • Treg Brown

    “Labor Nominee Andy Puzder *Might* Not Get Enough Senate Votes To Replace You With A Robot”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6839bb45f905bd03575d41e4b9c5a91cd7617d0110cc1d6f7e603676a82a0da2.gif

  • Proud Liberal

    Yet, the question remains “Why did Trump nominate this asshole again?”

    • dslindc

      Because President Bannon told him too and/or he gave several moneyz to the GOP.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        It can be two things!

    • cosmiccowgirl

      He’s the worst possible person for the job? That seems to be the main requirement for all Trump’s nominees.

  • Shoto

    A+ on the Putz Puzder sign-art displayed above.

  • Nounverb911

    “CNN reported Tuesday that four Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia — have told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell they aren’t able to support Puzder”

    What about republican Senator Joe Manchin?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Why is it blue dogs are the reddest Democrats? Our political terminology seems needlessly confusing.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        I’m still trying to figure out why reds AREN’T leftists.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          It’s because the US refuses to pay attention to what the rest of the world does. It’s the metric system all over again.

    • JohnBull

      He’s used to local CEOs literally blowing people up and being hailed a hero.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Trump’s probably pretty used to pulling his Puzder, so this shouldn’t be to big a blow to him.

    • x111e7thst

      you said blow

    • arglebargle

      GAH! Read comments first.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Just one more reason to get rid of the labor department…labor department, goll darn it, it was education, labor, and…oh fuck.”
    — Rick Perry

    • laughingnome

      They will probably merge the Labor and Justice departments and start building the work camps.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Finally, some action on those FEMA camps that Bamz put off doing something about.

    • Proud Liberal

      Oops.

  • HogeyeGrex
    • jowgajen

      I really don’t want to see what that baby is.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      Oh my god…I just can’t even. Can the meteor come now?

      • Jenny

        What? You look lovely in that picture! Just glowing!

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      I am ever so glad my mind didn’t go this far.
      – George Orwell

    • The Wanderer

      AIYEE!

    • Nounverb911
      • Alternative Pony Ron

        Whether we want to or not.

  • DahBoner

    Let’s force Andy Puzder to live on $15 an hour and then ask him if that’s too much money…
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o6Zt3NI3hLqP6m0YE/200w.gif

    • dslindc

      Ok, but I only want him to work 30 hours a week or less so I don’t have to offer him benefits.

      • Doug Langley

        And change the hours constantly so he can’t look for another job.

        • Alternative Pony Ron

          Split shifts!

        • Gayer Than Thou

          And work at the location across town that is on a different bus line from his house.

    • SnarkON

      Let’s make him have to take care of his own kids, too. Then if one gets sick and he has to take the day off of work, he gets fired.

      • Creepoman

        His nanny will just take care of the sick kid.
        – Steve (ass)Munchin

        • SnarkON

          At $15 an hour he can’t afford a nanny.

          • Creepoman

            Mnuchin’s words, not mine – thinks a family making $50K a year can afford a nanny.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Dear Donald,

    This is why sitting or former Republican Senators (or their spouses) are your best bet. We don’t attack our own.

    Helpfully yours,
    Your Republican Senate

  • Nounverb911
    • o’look Skwerl!

      All we own, we owe!
      All we own, we owe!

    • The Wanderer

      MOLOCH!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “So orderly, I like it!”
      — Andy Puzder

    • weejee

      ♪ Leave them kids alone ♪

  • cmd resistor

    I thought I saw something not long ago about maybe 6 defectors? And maybe was surprised at at least one of the possibilities. But then it could have been a hallucination.

    • georgiaburning

      Yeah, yeah. I’ll believe that when it actually happens. For now it just means somebody has a big donor who wants their kid to get into West Point, or an in-law looking for a government contract

      • cmd resistor

        After getting my hopes up on Betsy, or thinking Rubio wasn’t just talking out of his butt when he expressed doubts on Tillerson, I, too, will believe it if it happens, only.

  • Reximus

    He must not have enough super-semen…tsk tsk

    • Vecchioivan

      Insert Special Sauce joke here.

  • Nounverb911
  • V4Virginia, NASTY!

    Sheeit, if you want your nom confirmed, you gotta write that check in advance. Chump don’t know that?

  • memzilla Ω

    Andy Puzder is only the CEO. How can he possibly be held responsible for the actions of franchise owners whose licensing fee munniez go into his pocket? Geez, it’s like you libtards have no idea how Capitalism works!

    • Oblios_Cap

      See. This is why we need to deregulate everything.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Well, I don’t because my early adult years were in the Army, where the guy in charge is responsible for everything that happens in his unit. So, yes, I’m a socialist.

      • shivaskeeper

        They also fail to realize the guy in charge can delegate authority, but cannot delegate responsibility. The buck stops with the guy in charge even if he authorized someone lower down to do something.

        • Alternative Pony Ron

          Their professional lives have been arranged so that they can take all the credit and apportion all the blame. It’s a good trick if you can get it to work for you, and it guarantees bonuses even when the company is failing.

        • bobbert

          Even when I was in rotc, so many, many years ago, they TAUGHT us you cannot delegate responsibility. I’ve tried to live by that.

          • shivaskeeper

            This Admin apparently thinks it can though. They want credit for all the good and to push the responsibility for anything bad on underlings. It doesn’t work that way. It can’t work that way.

            The CEO mentality seems to be all the bad shit is the fault of someone else. DJT seems to be trying to bring that attitude over with him. He will fail.

    • JohnBull

      They’re the same douches who say they can’t afford decent health plans and sick leave for their employees when those same companies (McDonalds, Papa Johns, etc.) are required by law to supply them when they build franchises abroad. Every time I go to Japan and Korea I see more and more Papa Freakin’ Johns. So either the CEO is lying or these countries have capitalism licked better than we do.

  • Mavenmaven

    I almost want him to get the position, because at this rate, being associated with Trump will be a short and long term career ender.

    • shivaskeeper

      CEO’s tend to fail upwards. Even this might not kill a career.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    This failed nomination is brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Fuck you. I’m eating.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    If you’re a Wonker in Maine, Alaska, South Carolina, or Georgia, first off, you have our deepest sympathies

    So says the Über Wonker from where?

    Oh, that’s right, IdaHO. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3aa805e3f6bd158a50698f7808c63466e2d156f8cf2b594f852c0d381b7aa887.jpg

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      That picture was taken about 8 blocks from my house. The person driving that car comes from the county I grew up in. I am not proud of this.

      • Suttree

        Would you rather the poor thing was treated like a Romney pet?

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          Things. Plural. There are two sheep in that car.

          • NastyBossetti

            At least. I think there might be a third.

          • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

            OK, now it’s getting kinky.

          • Suttree

            Oops, I missed the second one. It’s a Subaru though. Fold down back seats.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            A Subaru with libtard bumper stickers, no less.

          • Suttree

            Then the sheep are probably stoned and listening to the Dead. Good times.

          • Alternative Pony Ron

            Lesbian ewes, then.

        • Treg Brown
      • Oblios_Cap

        It appears they’re having a wonderful date. All three of them.

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          I demand a new keyboard!

      • SnarkON

        I think the sheep is adorable TBH.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Somebody was taking that ‘Outback’ thing WAY too seriously.

    • SnarkON

      Wake up sheeple.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I once rode in the back of a minivan with 2 adult llamas. It was a bit cramped.

      • Alternative Pony Ron

        I’m sure the llamas didn’t mind much.

        • Courser_Resistance

          They weren’t terribly happy about it, they just hummed the whole way.

    • I have to step in here….read the bumper stickers, people. Not everyone’s a racist redneck who lives in Idaho. Hey, I once drove home with a rescued goat in the backseat of my VW Rabbit.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Although . . . From Lewiston to some place in Idaho County is at least 45 miles, and could be as long as a 4 or 5 hour drive.

        • Courser_Resistance

          Hope s/he’s got the window open. Sheep do not smell good.

  • Suttree

    If Pudzer fails, I’m sure Turnip has someone from United Fruit to step up to bat.

    • SnarkON

      Maybe that coal mine owner who killed a bunch of his workers.

      • Suttree

        Blankenship? I think he might still be in jail.

        • SnarkON

          Like that matters.

        • Alternative Pony Ron

          Yes? And?

        • Latverian Diplomat

          He gets out in May, but what’s a President’s pardon power for, anyway?

  • Jamoche

    Fed up with the day-to-day details, Donnie heads back out on the campaign trail:

    https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/831942873062981632

    “FLORIDA! Join President Trump for a rally this Saturday in Melbourne on Feb. 18th! RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/2kqF7Rz #MAGA #TeamTrump”

    Click on the linky thing, and:

    “Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.”

    • Suttree

      How much are tickets?

      • Jamoche

        It doesn’t show a price or say it’s free, but I have no doubt the confirmation page will go to a donation page.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I won’t be there.

    • Crank Tango

      Do we have to bring our own torches?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        And pitchforks, and tumbrels, and tar, and feathers, and lengths of rope.

    • ariel_gee_398

      You almost certainly shouldn’t sign up for tickets and then not show up.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      Hey, 2020 is only 1356 days away!

    • NastyBossetti

      Where the fuck is Melbourne, FL? Who is going to show up to this thing?

      • The Wanderer

        Atlantic coast, north of Cape Canaveral.

      • shivaskeeper

        North of Vero Beach.

      • Nounverb911

        SOuth of Sydney Australia!

        • Doug Langley

          Trump’s brilliant! He’s got the Aussie vote all sewn up!

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Oh, great. What’s the over/under on the number of hours CNN will show an empty podium on Saturday?

      • Suttree

        They haven’t started already?

    • Jenny

      He needs to grift all he can before he is impeached.

    • clairence

      he signed candidate papers just hours after being sworn in. This is probably an official campaign event. unbelievable.

  • arglebargle

    So Dampnut might have to pull his Puzder.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      How long have you beed saving that joke?

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        If you have been saving that joke for more than four hours, see a shrink.

        • Oblios_Cap

          I worked the word “blow” into my version of it.

      • arglebargle

        Just thought of it, but Oblios_Cap beat me to it (so to speak) downthread.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Great minds, etc.

  • Crank Tango

    It’s pronounced Putzter, right?

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Yes, and his mother’s maiden name is Schmendrick.

  • SnarkON

    Puzder is horrible, but if he fails to get confirmed Trump will just find some other equally abusive corporate CEO to fill the Labor spot. All of those guys are horrible.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      It’s less about making the Trump administration less evil than it is about pissing off the Trumpster. Still both a useful and fun thing to do.

      • SnarkON

        For sure.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Sure, but make them do it. Hell, he may be impeached or imprisoned before he gets another nom through.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The CEO of Costco need not even bother applying.

      • SnarkON

        Not Ben. And not Jerry, either.

        • msanthropesmr

          Actually, from some sources, those guys are awful bosses.

          • SnarkON

            That company is also owned by Unilever now, so…even shittier no doubt.

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      I’m not sure why a wealthy greed head would even want the job.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        He’s got enough money, but he really wants the entertainment and satisfaction of kicking poor and working class people on a national scale?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Michael Flynn would like to point out that he’s available for this post now.

  • cosmiccowgirl

    Hopefully Oprah has saved the day on this one.

  • weejee

    And in the craziness of all this Pudzer, grifter and slimebucket that he may be, may be one of the few tRump cabinet appointees who will not end up doing time.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Oh well, there’s always Hell. (according to some folks, any way).

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Well, he dodged a bullet there.

  • Nounverb911
  • boyblue123
    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Hey, we scored a run! WOO!

      • cmd resistor

        Reminds me of the year when our high school football team scored its first touchdown about halfway through the season. Even though we were about 50 points down in that game, everyone was going nuts. Guess the opposing team wondered WTF?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Sort of like the “Take me out to the Holodeck” episode of DS9. Totally baffled the Vulcan team.

        • Crank Tango

          Hey, they still shot at the Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor.

          A guy who was there said, ” we couldn’t win, but we could still fight.”

        • Suttree

          I was the Columbia University football game where they broke their 57(?) game losing streak. The goalposts were torn down.

    • NastyBossetti

      So… who is it going to be now?

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      There’s a ‘pulling out’ joke in here somewhere.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Probably hidden on the last thread. Super-serum!

    • arglebargle

      Can’t wait to see Dampnut’s tweets.

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Magnetic poetry scramble says: “Failing FAKE NEWS conspiracy theories winning. Sad. Weak.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!

    • Jamoche
      • Crank Tango

        I always feel sad for unnamed people. What does one call them, “hey you”?

  • CogitoErgoBibo
  • Nounverb911
  • msanthropesmr

    Fuck you. I’m eating.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Knowing what a dope Trump is, he won’t withdraw. He’ll threaten the stray senators that he’ll never pass any of their laws and tweet out some BS about unfair. Sad.

  • V4Virginia, NASTY!

    Ian Millhiser ‏@imillhiser 1h1 hour ago

    We should let the next president decide who will fill the vacant seat at the Department of Labor.

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

    Unverified chatter is that Puzder himself wants to withdraw because he’s sick of the abuse.

    Sick of the abuse. Oh Irony, I miss you already, you’ve only been dead for a few weeks, but I keep being reminded of you.

    • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

      Oops and he withdrew! That was almost faster than me posting. Poor ‘abused’ obscenely wealthy monster! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3b1294ba1bc83d8cae323ad81850036ca6d0c8f8e1422fcf4719a15b52f5dd19.gif

      • Ursuladpridmore

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !da26c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !da269c:
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  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    If I were President, I would nominate….

    https://youtu.be/Vw9LOrHU8JI

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Hell.

      Yes.

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        You. Better. Work.

    • hendenburg2

      Now you’re just aping Colbert

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        I don’t have TV. Did I second his nomination? Does it pass?!

    • mancityRed6

      can we compare the ratings for drag race to tRump’s show?
      let’s see…
      IMDB lists “celebrity” apprentice as 5.3 out of 10
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364782/
      they list Ru Paul’s drag race as 8.1 out of ten.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1353056/
      winner, winner, chicken dinner

    • Jennaratrix

      RuPaul has better legs than I do. Bitch. (I say that with all respect. WORK IT.)

  • V4Virginia, NASTY!

    (Drumpfy’s hair is particularly orange today. Maybe it corresponds to the WH Threat Level.)

    • Suse

      It’s a different color every day.

      • cmd resistor

        Pee amounts.

  • dslindc
    • The Librarian

      Yay!! That asshole deserves nothing more than to be a worker in his own hamburger joints.

  • Bitter Scribe

    It’s not just the undocumented housekeeper. Apparently Puzder is a squish on immigration in general, which is why the National Review came out against him.

    • V4Virginia, NASTY!

      Sure; undocumented workers keep wages down, which is just peachy with him.

  • Persistent Demme

    Rats, sinking ship, blah, blah, blah.

  • Suse

    Puzder is dead in the water, per MSNBC. He has withdrawn.

  • Doug Langley

    I wonder if Puzder knows they’re working on a robot to replace him?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3bb166dc7f2944dcaa41fb7bd5596d3fc0de98d7813ddf0ef38bae9e18734715.gif

    • hendenburg2

      I can build a robot to replace him! It will have exactly two functions: Sit in a conference room and pour expensive scotch down a toilet.

  • Proud Liberal

    Trump will replace Puzder with Sarah Palin.

  • Jamoche

    “Papers please” in America?
    http://chicagoist.com/2017/02/14/cta_riders_confused_concerned_as_ho.php
    Chicago: CTA Riders Confused, Concerned As Homeland Security Checks Bags At Addison Red Line

    • Proud Liberal

      Say it with me now “Police State.”

    • V4Virginia, NASTY!

      They won’t be happy until we’re like East Germany, half the people informing on the other half.

      • georgiaburning

        We have facebook and twitter, people inform on themselves

    • cmd resistor

      Heard on radio that NY AG warning people of scams of people pretending to be ICE agents telling people they won’t arrest them if they give them money.

      • Jamoche

        Consumerist has an article on it: https://consumerist.com/2017/02/15/immigration-fraud-reports-increasing-amid-deportation-fears/
        Well, Donnie does seem to be bringing us back to the ’50s – I’m re-reading Nero Wolfe, and there’s a couple of post-war books with plots involving scams against “displaced persons”.

      • Jennaratrix

        I know I shouldn’t, but I actually chuckled a little at this; leave it to Americans to find a way to scam off of just about anything.

    • NastyBossetti

      Is this what Trump was talking about when he threatened to send the Feds to Chicago?

      • Roadstergal

        A trial balloon, I’m sure. Anything they find will fuel the next stage.

      • Usedtobeyellerdawg

        Funny that after eight years of “Obama’s coming for your guns”, Trump is sending the ATF into a major city to do gun sweeps.

    • The Addison red line is more likely to net douche bros than undocumented folks.

    • RC

      Doesn’t there have to be an actual federal reason, like bomb threats, or a real terror threat, not just murders, for HS to show up? I guess because the redline is part of the transportation grid?m It just seems weird.

      There’s a lot of blue places that might object to HS just showing up and harassing the citizenry. Actually there’s probably a lot of red places that would object if HS was harassing, you know, white people.

  • Résistance Land Shark
    • PersistenceFighterCaptainHowdy

      Oh nos!!! It’s making me marry a dog and kill muh babby!!

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Weird, it just made me practice witchcraft and become a lesbian.

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      I guess being Bi means its not effective on me. Go figure

  • Edith Prickly

    God, Mitch McConnell is a craven fucking coward.

    • mancityRed6

      and water is wet

      • shivaskeeper

        Also too fire is hot.

    • bobbert

      I think I hate him the most. I mean, really hate.

  • Crystalclear12

    So, if Trump gets impeached does that mean the Cabinet dance starts over?

    • mancityRed6

      not exactly

    • PersistenceFighterCaptainHowdy

      Pence would presumably get to choose his own cabinet, which couldn’t really be any worse.

      • Jennaratrix

        Pence: Hold my beer…

    • shivaskeeper

      My understanding is the next in line can choose to keep the cabinet or dismiss anyone he wants to and call those positions again. Also non career appointees would have to submit letters of resignation that need to be accepted or rejected as those terms of office lady though the current tern of the President that appoints them. See the head of the DC National Guard as an example of that.

      It would really depend on how tainted the cabinet is if djt goes down.

  • mancityRed6

    I feel bad about this now, but…
    I filled out a Hardee’s application way back in the early ’90s. I listed the McD’s across the street as my last employer and my reason for leaving? Punching the manager.
    I still got an interview.

    • suziq

      Hilarious! What part do you feel bad about? Sounds fine to me.

      • mancityRed6

        I wasted her time? it was a local place and I don’t know how much control she had over things..
        fuck, now I really feel bad.

        • suziq

          She was getting paid to work, so gave her something to do. You didn’t get the job? Did she not read that part of the resume until you were there?

          • mancityRed6

            i still feel bad dammit
            this is not who I am or was or will be

  • Crystalclear12

    Trump’s fuck ups are making it easier for them to say no.
    Goooooo Trump!

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    Jeez. Wrap your head around the idea of being the Trump nominee who couldn’t make it through a phalanx of Mitch McConnell Republicans. After the likes of Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions made it through.

    PS: Silver lining department: the deeply gratifying spectacle of Mitch McConnell getting rolled by his own caucus, after so many years of a reign of terror and the worship of the Beltway political press. Haha, Mitch–the man of whom one of your colleagues once observed, “the difference between Machiavelli and Mitch is that Machiavelli had a soul”–haha, fuck you.

  • Relativicus

    Oh no, Puzder’s confirmation is in trouble? Like, De Vos trouble, or Mnuchin trouble?

    • Mike Flynn trouble

      • Relativicus

        Wouldn’t he have to get the job, first?

  • PersistenceFighterCaptainHowdy

    Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder Expected to Withdraw Nomination
    2:50 PM ET
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/labor-secretary-nominee-andy-puzder-expected-withdraw-nomination-n721421

  • whitroth

    Try this one, Wonketteers: I saw a report that Oprah just gave a tape of her show from 1990, which had a false name, but was Puzder’s ex, accusing him of abuse, to the Senate…..

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Lord Dampnut will not be pleased. He’ll see this as a loss, and he hates losing. He’ll be lashing out at somebody.

      • Roadstergal

        He can’t blame this one all on Ebul Obstructionist Democrats.

  • Martini Ambassador
    • Shoto

      Putzder putzes out. Film at eleven.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Kellyanne reports that he has Nixon’s full confidence.

  • Upright Ape

    Politico sayin’ he likes beating women, such as his wife, who went on Oprah back in 1990 to talk all about it, and this Oprah tape thingy is why he’s so doomed and forced to drop out.

    • Ω cynmac will never surrender

      Helps that Oprah sent the video to all the Senators.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        It’s Grand Ole Oprah again, comin’ to you from AM 650 WSM (Will Save ‘Merica)!!

      • Too bad it wasn’t Oprah that had the video with Trump being racist in Apprentice outtakes, instead of Tom Arnold. She probably would have released it.

  • Jennifer R

    CNN confirming Pudzer drops out.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    he’s out says da newz!!

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum
    • RC

      yea but only because Mitchy told him they didn’t have the votes.

  • whitroth

    He’d been under the misapprehension that he was being appointed Secretary of the Department of Bosses, and someone corrected him. He replied, “labor? Isn’t that what women do when they have children engendered by our Super Sperm?”

  • SayItWithWookies

    Puzder dropped out while I had actual work to do — what a scammer. And a weak scammer to boot. But I think everyone’s burying the lead here about how much opposition this guy had — I mean, did anyone realize that the Senate Republicans were so full of commies? If this reckless pro-humanity crusade keeps up, Snidely Whiplash might not get confirmed as Secretary of Widders ‘n Orphans.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Fun fact, dear Wookie, in this instance, “lead” is spelled “lede.” It’s an archaic thing (though if you got auto-corrected, never mind.)

      • SayItWithWookies

        I know — I just don’t like it, so I’m being obstinate.

        • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

          Good for you! Stick to your principles (whatever they may be).

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    If they need the excuse of “untaxed employee” to cover their discomfort with “evil scumbag” then they’re craven cowards, but okay.

  • Kakkeltje

    Not that anyone Trump appoints to Labor would be a friend of workers, but it seems difficult to imagine too many candidates who’d be worse.

    Trump: hold my beer…

  • CripesAmighty

    Aaaand it’s official: YEEERRRR OOOOOUTA HERE! Another plutoprick bites the dust. See kids? Enough Sturm and Drang can have an effect. Break these fuckers!

  • Poly_Ester

    Congressional Republicans have been able to identify a deplorable (other than Hillary).

  • Scrofula

    Wait, wait, so 12 R’s might have had a problem with THIS guy, who, honestly, seems like a typical anti-labor Republican POS, but at least has experience with labor; and yet fucking DeVos and Sessions get through? I guess Pudz really should have stepped up his contributions.

    • RC

      My thoughts exactly. He just didn’t pay enough for the seat.

  • RC

    this doesn’t mean they won’t find someone equally repugnant.

  • JurisGal

    Wonkette has kept me sane and made me laugh after the BS election. And just when I thought I couldn’t love this site more, I see this headline” ” Pudzer Outsources Nomination To Robot”. Hilarious!

  • SayItWithOtters
  • wait! what?

    “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers. We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.”

    Fast forward to bikini clad models building border walls…

    …for scale.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    I can’t wait for the tweeterrhea later tonight. The puppet must be really annoyed right now.

  • Steven

    who’s stepping in? the CEO of Skynet?

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    Awful boss? You will need to fix that TPS report, and also come in on Saturday…

  • Katelyn Bronson

    I’m super interested to know how 36 people have been killed or gravely injured while working at Carl’s Jr.

    • Mike Steele

      Read the article. The safety violations were CAPABLE of causing death or grave physical harm…so I won’t bother warning you that the safety guide on the slicer is…well, never min…

    • Have you never worked in a kitchen? Even in one that isn’t fast paced, it can be a very dangerous job. Heck, when I was working at a Target when I was in college, we just had a snack bar. One morning, the opener turned on the deep fryer unaware that the closer had failed to drain all of the water out after cleaning. He had just filled up the unit with fresh oil and figured all was good. When the water boiled, hot oil exploded all over the snack bar and the opener was taken to the hospital with major burns over much of his body.

      And that’s just one example of something that can happen when you aren’t even open and the pace hasn’t gotten hectic, yet.

  • My husband worked at a Hardees for a while. Awful, awful job. I mean, working in fast food is always kind of a drag, but that place was hitting all new levels of gawdawful.

  • bobbert

    President Bannon will tell Yam who his next nominee is.

  • Wookie Monster

    Damn, I was hoping to hear a Trump cabinet secretary say, “Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

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