AFL-CIO: ‘…to place our rights and freedoms in the hands of an accused sexual predator would represent a stunning betrayal of working people.’
It is no secret that, ever since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, the union movement has been unified in its opposition to his confirmation to the high court.
However, on the day that Kavanaugh-accuser Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh groped her 36-years ago while at a high school party, the AFL-CIO sent a mass email to its supporters that, in part, referred to Kavanaugh as an “accused sexual predator.”
Though the AFL-CIO’s email was carefully crafted to include the words “alleged” and “accused,” it appears the union movement (as a whole)—like many on the Left—has determined that Kavanaugh is guilty and must prove himself innocent.
The email starts out with:
As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her story with the Senate Judiciary Committee today, working women and men across the country are demanding that justice be served. Willfully disregarding Brett Kavanaugh’s egregious record and alleged behavior…
However, the AFL-CIOs most critical statement comes here:
What’s more, to place our rights and freedoms in the hands of an accused sexual predator would represent a stunning betrayal of working people. [Emphasis added.]
Here is the email:
Oddly, regardless of unions’ opposition to Kavanaugh’s politics, for the federation that represents more than 70 percent of America’s union members—the majority of them men—to presume the guilt of a man who has had numerous background checks over the years, over an allegation where there is no evidence and no corroboration that the incident actually took place seems a remarkable place for today’s unions to be.