Trumka Doesn’t Know the Difference Between a Socialist and a Democrat


Richard Trumka is on a stealth mission to replace Capitalism with Socialism.

Chris Matthews interviewed AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka this past week and asked him if he could endorse Bernie Sanders if he took the right positions, and he does on trade issues, and other inequality issues?”

Union Thug, Richard Trumka
Union Thug, Richard Trumka

Trumka said, “I think Bernie Sanders is taking the right issue on all issues that are important to working people, about jobs, about inequality, about the right to a voice on the job so we can have — get a fair share of the wealth that we produce. I think he’s doing that, and I think that’s why he’s having success. I don’t think people care about labels, what they call themselves. They’ve tried to do that for too long, and people are fed up with that. They want someone who’s going to solve their problem.”

He added, “I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat. I don’t really know what the difference is.”

He knows full well what the difference is.

Trumka subtly used the term “Democratic Socialist” to make it more acceptable. Trumka once said he’d be pleased to be taken for a socialist.  “Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he told Bloomberg News in June, 2011.

Trumka has encouraged and promoted violence and he has an ugly union history. He is no different than any mobster. He is a thug.

Violence was routine when he was president of the AFL-CIO-affiliated United Mine Workers of America from 1982 to 1995.

As head of the United Mine Workers, Trumka ordered a nationwide strike against Peabody Coal in 1993.

On July 22, a non-union worker, Eddie York, was shot in the back of the head and killed as he attempted to pass striking coal workers. Picketers continued to throw rocks after York was shot, preventing his would be rescuers from assisting him. Eddie York’s widow sued and the case dragged on for years with an unapologetic Trumka fighting it. That changed in 1997 when he and other union thug bosses quickly settled.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled the $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial.

An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”

Colleagues who tried to come to Eddie York’s rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee.

Responding to concerns about violence, Trumka, who spearheaded them, shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.”

The executive summary of a 31-page report from 1998 titled, “Freedom From Union Violence” states that:

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) has recorded 8,799 incidents of violence from news reports since 1975.

That report is filled with separate accounts of violence.

Trumka was behind other acts of violence and the record proves it.

He has had a long cozy relationship with socialists and communists.  In 1994, Trumka proudly accepted the Eugene Debs Award named after the five-time presidential candidate and labor organizer who founded the Socialist Party of America.

In a September 2010, Trumka stated that he had gotten “into the labor movement not because I wanted to negotiate wages,” but “because I saw it as a vehicle to do massive social change to include lots of people.”

Trumka is one of the three top union bosses who allowed communists to take leadership positions in the union. Trumka has been involved in the Progressive caucuses and in meetings/conferences with the Democratic Socialists of America.

Trumka pretends he is not opposed to Capitalism but he is.

The AFL-CIO and SEIU have taken over government pensions and we now have alarming and unsustainable shortfalls. As an example, SEIU’s unfunded liabilities represent more than 80% of the union’s total assets.

Maybe they should cut out their propaganda commercials telling us all the good they allegedly do. They could also cut out the donations to Democratic candidates. Obviously, they will wait for the taxpayers to bail them out instead.

Labor unions have destroyed or damaged every single industry they have ever been allowed to control.

In September, 2010, in response to the Tea Party’s influence over elections, Richard Trumka said that in the short term, the labor movement has to “recapture the moment and take control of the national conversation.”

“Building for the future, we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government. That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now.”

It should also be mentioned that Richard Trumka is a close associate and a friend of Barack Obama and his administration. He said he’s in touch with the White House every day and has visited the White House many times. Barack Obama associates with the most vile people and he’s arrogant and defiant when he does.

President Barack Obama (L) stands behind AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka before he speaks at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, August 4, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing
President Barack Obama (L) stands behind AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka before he speaks at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, August 4, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

As for Bernie Sanders, he isn’t just a harmless “Democratic Socialist” as if they were harmless to begin with. The man is far worse than that. Read about him at Front Page Magazine.

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George E
George E
7 years ago

They don’t know the difference because…………………news flash………………THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!

John Smith
John Smith
7 years ago

The World will suffer due to the loss of America. I never thought that people would throw away the most precious gift of all, their freedom. Money, greed and stupidity is not what makes America Great 🙁