True to his nature, President-elect Donald Trump has added another alarming pick to his cabinet. Fast-food restaurant CEO, Andrew Puzder has been selected as Secretary of Labor.
Puzder is the CEO of the company behind Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. You may know these establishments from this controversial ad released in 2015.
Puzder saw nothing wrong with this ad, claiming “I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.” He even went on to say that the ad “kind of did take on my personality.”
If this ad is indicative of Puzder’s personality, I sure do not want him as secretary of labor.
This is particularly upsetting, because, as Secretary of Labor, Puzder would be responsible for protecting women’s rights in the workplace. He would oversee the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau, which advocates for equal pay and provides resources for women who experience discrimination at work.
Trump stated that “Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the benefits they deserve, and he will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.”
Based on an interview Puzder gave last August, “unnecessary regulations” include paying workers a fair wage, one which would turn an economically viable business into a “business that you really can’t run.” This sounds like a prime example of profit over people.
It is hard to see the logic behind Trump’s statement, as Puzder has made it clear that he is against raising the minimum wage. In addition, he opposes things like soda bans and restrictions put in place Nanny State regulations to promote health and well-being and to combat chronic illness and obesity.
He even said such laws “betray [the] heritage” of economic freedom and individual liberty. Again, this sure seems like a prime example of profit over people.
In the eyes of Puzder, women are objects, people are commodities, and business is always valued over the individual. His version of America encompasses people working for unlivable wages, women in bikinis eating mass produced and genetically modified meat, and marginalized communities continuing to suffer under the burdens of obesity, diabetes, and depression. It’s all connected and this man is blind to those connections.