MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski dismantled Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) argument’s against paid family leave during an interview on “Morning Joe” this morning.
Rep. Raúl Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who have proved to be a thorn in President Trump’s side as of late.
Brzezinski started the interview off by asking Labrador what he has against paid family leave.
“Well, I just don’t think it’s the government’s role to give businesses more things to do and to pay for. That’s something that a business should decide. And it’s not for the government to be telling people that,” Labrador told Brzezinski.
Brzezinski followed by asking Labrador if he would like to see paid leave for his family.
Labrador responded by telling Brzezinski, “it should be up to the businesses. I owned a business for ten years. I paid for my – for the insurance, for the people that worked for me. I gave them leave whenever they needed leave, and I helped them out.”
“So you gave paid family leave in your company?” Brzezinski interjected.
“I gave leave,” Labrador responded.
Brzezinski interrupted Labrador, again asking him if this was paid leave or not.
At this point, Labrador seemed confused telling Brzezinski, “no, yes, I paid for it, I just didn’t have – I don’t know what your definition of paid family leave.”
“Whenever they had a family issue, we pay for them. They had vacation, they had sick days, they had a bunch of things. Those things cost me money, and I did it willingly,” Labrador contiuned.
“So, your company gave paid family leave,” Brzezinski asked yet again, seeming to want Labrador to clarify his remarks.
Labrador had had it with Brzezinski line of questioning, telling her: “You know, Mika, you and I disagree on this, and we can go around and around, and I don’t think that’s what I came to the show to do, to talk about this issue. That’s not what you invited me on the show for.”
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