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Jay Inslee Says McDonald’s Employees Are ‘Slinging Hash’ In Democratic Debate

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the McDonald’s CEO is making too much money compared to low-level employees “slinging hash.”

“It is not right that the CEO of McDonald’s makes 2,100 times more than the people slinging hash at McDonald’s,” Inslee said at the first Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday night. (RELATED: 2020 Hopeful Claims Global Warming Made Parts Of Central America ‘Uninhabitable’)

“And the next thing I’ll do is put people to work in the jobs of the present and future,” Inslee said before going into his plan to create millions of “clean energy” jobs — akin to former President Barack Obama’s promise of “millions of green jobs.” It was Inslee’s first response to a question asked by debate moderators.

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Inslee’s comment was noticed by political commentators across the ideological spectrum.

Candidates participate in the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S.,

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney participate in the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S., June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Inslee is running on a climate change-centered campaign, promising to spend trillions “greening” the U.S. economy. So far, though, Inslee is polling a little above 0%.

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