Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was attacked yet again Monday by a major union leader who has relentlessly opposed his campaign.
The AFL-CIO has utilized its substantial political influence and resources to oppose Trump on numerous occasions. It’s also one of the few major unions to have not yet endorsed anyone for president. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argued Monday that Trump has taken advantaged of the unrest voters have been feeling by promoting hate and anger.
“There is no denying that Trump has tapped into the very real and understandable frustrations of working people,” Trumka wrote in the Providence Journal. “The idea that Trump is a unifying figure is most ridiculous when considering his character. Trump is a bigot. From his anti-American proposal to ban Muslims to his horrendous comments about women and immigrants, Trump is running on fear.”
The AFL-CIO declared the presidential candidate its loser of the week Feb. 22 over a labor dispute his Las Vegas hotel is having, and again Feb. 29 for saying he likes right-to-work, which outlaws mandatory union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The union is also planning to mobilize members and supporters on the grassroots level to speak out against Trump.
“His biggest applause line on the campaign trail is about building a wall,” Trumka also noted. “He frequently behaves like a petulant child when challenged. He condones violence against protesters at his rallies. If he wasn’t running for president, he could be a guest on Jerry Springer.”
Trumka has also accused Trump of trying to divide immigrant families. Stopping illegal immigration has been a defining attribute of the Trump campaign. He has called for tougher immigration policies and even proposed a temporary ban on Muslims after a surge in Islamic terrorist attacks. His policy stance has been denounced by both parties.
The AFL-CIO is not the only union to denounce Trump during the current election. International Association of Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger stated Dec. 10 that the business mogul’s campaign is based in fear mongering and racism. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has condemned him on numerous occasions, even calling his rhetoric extremist.
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