AFL-CIO Pres. Bashes Palin – He’s the One With a Record of Violence

Posted on August 28, 2010


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, gave a speech in Sarah Palin’s home state accusing her of using rhetoric that could lead to violence by her supporters.
Trumka’s wordswere certainly disingenuous, because  if anybody has a track record of inciting violence, its Richard Trumka.   He had a reign as President of the United Mine Workers where his inflammatory rhetoric lead to bloodshed and death.


Here’s a sampling of what the AFL-CIO leader said about Sarah Palin:

And down in Tyler, Texas, she’s talking about — and I quote — ‘union thugs.’ What? Her husband’s a union man. Is she calling him a thug? Sarah Palin ought to know what union men and women are,” Trumka will say. “That’s poisonous. There’s history behind that rhetoric. That’s how bosses and politicians in decades past justified the terrorizing of workers, the murdering of organizers…..She’s using crosshairs to illustrate targeted legislators. She’s on the wrong side of the line there. She’s getting close to calling for violence. And some of her fans take that stuff seriously. We’ve got legislators in America who have been living with death threats since the health care votes.

Governor Palin responded to Trumka on her Facebook page:

Trumka purposely misquoted something I said in a speech I gave in Texas a few months ago. Let me clarify things for him: I never called union members “thugs.” You lie. I called some union leaders “thugs.” And I refuse to apologize for that because they have acted like thugs – at least in this day and age.

The Governor was being too kind.

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