Note: Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary on 2/15/17. He also admitted to hiring an undocumented housekeeper and his ex-wife appeared on Oprah in 1990 in disguise and accused him of domestic violence. She later recanted. PGB
For all of his supposed business acumen, President Donald Trump is doing some really dumb things.
For one thing,Trump has proposed Andrew (Andy) Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, as the next Secretary of Labor.
CKE operates the “fast food” restaurants Carl’s Jr. and Hardees and has been sued multiples times for discrimination, failing to pay overtime and firing workers who protest poverty wages.
And it is not insignificant that CKE sells burgers with advertising that many of Trump’s middle class voters would rightly consider to be soft-core porn. One controversial ad features Paris Hilton wearing a skin-tight bikini while soaping up a Bentley and crawling all over it before taking a long, lingering bite of a juicy burger. This ad drew the ire of the Parents Television Council and was banned in New Zealand. According to CNN Money, Puzder was less than sympathetic to the concerns of parents, telling them to “get a life … there is no nipple in this. There is no nudity, there is no sex acts — it’s a beautiful model in a swimsuit washing a car.” One suspects that Puzder does not have his finger on the pulse of Trump’s voter base. [Read more…]