AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Indiana AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies are slamming Donald Trump’s selection of incumbent Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., as the Republican vice presidential nominee this year. Trumka called Pence “the second-worst vice presidential pick in history.” He didn’t say who was first.
Trump announced the Pence pick in a tweet just before the GOP convention opened in Cleveland, then held a public press conference – which the business mogul dominated – on July 16. That event became awkward both because Trump left his running mate in the background, and then fumbled an answer on issues the two disagree upon.
The Pence pick proves Trump “does not stand with working families,” since Pence took strong anti-worker stands as governor and before that in Congress, Trumka said.
They included favoring jobs-losing “free trade” pacts, favoring Indiana’s enactment of a so-called “right to work” law, opposition to raising the minimum wage and campaigning to repeal Indiana’s prevailing wage for construction workers.
“Everything Donald Trump says shows he is desperate to be working people’s friend, but everything Donald Trump does proves he is our enemy...Mike Pence might be the right choice for Donald Trump, but he’s the wrong choice for America. We need leaders who will bring us together, not tear us apart,” Trumka said.More ...