Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich ripped into the White House on Friday for the decision to allow President Barack Obama to hold a press event at a Walmart. Calling the staffer at the White House who planned the event a “numbskull,” Reich wondered how it was possible for the president’s staff to essentially endorse Walmart in spite of what he said was their unfair compensation practices.
“What numbskull in the White House arranged this?” an incensed Reich wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. He went on to lambaste the company over its carbon emissions and it’s labor practices.
“Walmart is one of the nation’s largest and worst employers,” he continued, “low wages, unreliable hours, few benefits, discrimination against women, and anti-union.”
He advised Obama to use the opportunity of speaking at a Walmart to “condemn” the company and “call for it to allow its workers to unionize.
Reich added that Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Democrats hosted by Walmart board member and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. He urged the president to cancel those plans.
h/t Huffington Post
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