Democrats, desperate to beat President Trump, are taking credit for the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder. But it was GOP leaders that applied the pressure.
On Wednesday, restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration to lead President Trump’s Labor Department. Democrats immediately took victory laps, claiming credit for Puzder’s withdrawal.
There was @TheDemocrats, the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party:
Calling your representatives makes a difference: Trump's nomination for Labor Secretary is going to withdraw his nomination. ? #Resist
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 15, 2017
Then there was liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), boldly claiming that if Puzder “can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen”:
Reports say that Andy Puzder is tired & may withdraw his @USDOL nomination. If he can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 15, 2017
Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer proclaimed, at the end of a Puzder tweet storm, that “We must keep speaking up for what’s right. It’s working.”
We must keep speaking up for what's right.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) February 15, 2017
Also, friend of Steyer and leader of Big Labor, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka bragged:
Reports on @AndyPuzder withdrawing shows the power of collective action by workers. An indictment of everything he stands for.
— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) February 15, 2017
However, reports leading up to Puzder’s withdrawal suggest it was Republican pressure that convinced the executive to withdraw from his nomination. More from CNN, about an hour before Puzder withdrew:
…Senate Republicans told the White House he was losing support, a senior GOP source said, adding there were four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12.
Of course, the Democrats’ eagerness to claim credit for the Puzder withdrawal may be out of desperation for a win. Betsy DeVos, the nominee Democrats “loved to hate,” was confirmed last week despite unified Democratic opposition and a campaign to torpedo her nomination.
With new liberal groups pressuring Democrats to do more to stop President Trump every day, there’s an undeniable pressure on Senate Democrats to deliver. Will the liberal base turn on their own before they focus on Republicans?
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