Donald Trump’s failed Labor nominee Andrew Puzder begins attacking Alt-Labor Twitter account

Andrew Puzder gave up his job as CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr to become the Secretary of Labor for the Donald Trump administration. But then he failed to obtain that job when his confirmation hearing went down in flames amid allegations he abused his former wife. Now it appears Puzder has nothing to do, and too much time on his hands. Way too much time on his hands.

Puzder began a conversation by engaging in a Twitter feud with a newspaper reporter who was posting data about the fast food industry that he didn’t like, and by the end of it, Puzder was feuding with an anonymous Twitter account that claims to becoming from inside the Department of Labor (we recommend Puzder try Twitter for Dummies). If this account is indeed legitimate, then Puzder would have been this person’s boss – and yet instead they’re feuding on Twitter.

Lydia DePillis of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that “Eating out has grown much faster than dining in since 1960, despite periods of low growth” and she provided accompanying data (link). This led Puzder to fire back with “Current events: We’re in a restaurant recession. Low GDP while competing with grocery stores and delivery. Increasing prices is very tough” (link). DePillis retorted with “Job growth in food service is still comfortably above average” and cited even more data (link). This caused Puzder to go on the defensive by tweeting “For creating jobs you would think the sector would be praised. As operating costs rise, job growth will slow.” But then things got surreal

The anonymous “Alt_Dept. of Labor” account interjected and hurled the following at Puzder: “You want to replace your employees with burger making robots” (link). At that point Puzder began attacking the Alt-Labor account: “Simply false. Explaining why something is happening is different than supporting it. Wake up and smell the fake news” (link). And so now we know the kind of Labor Secretary Andy Puzder would have been: the kind who yells “fake news” at any facts he doesn’t care for – just like the guy who tried to appoint him. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Claudia Groh on April 21, 2017 at 2:51 am

    He may be a rich man with a franchise, but that’s all.
    Stupid idiot, believing in Trump for starters!
    For all the I’ll will, you get what camera says you get.

  2. Mary Kim on April 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Worse than actually being in the Trump administration are the hangers-on. When these twits get into snits on twitter, it’s hard to be kind. That said, he was at least reaching for word-play with his “wake up and smell the” lead-in to “fake news,” and he was perfectly correct in pointing out the distinction between reporting on a trend and endorsing that trend. I have to give him some points for that, but I take them away again with his reliance on the “fake news” label even though he did embed it in a little word-play. The question is, why are these guys so baitable? You’d wish their position of power in our society would have them at least strive to rise above all that, but no such luck. These guys have no class. Their big egos make them targets so they kind of ask for it. Then they try to lay down the law on twitter, so what can you do but call it Sad!

    • Bill Palmer on April 22, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Keep in mind Puzder gave up his CEO position to join the cabinet, then was rejected for the cabinet position, and now he doesn’t have either job. He got burned badly by being associated with Trump. Considering what all he’s done wrong, he deserved it. But he’s bound to be bitter at how it all played out.

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