Republicans don’t exactly have a reputation for being on the side of workers.
But their reactions to the rapid spread of COVID-19 through meatpacking plants are remarkable, to say the least.
Here are some of the public remarks made by prominent Republicans. One can imagine what they say privately.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem:
“99% of what’s going on today wasn’t happening inside the facility . . . Employees were going home and spreading some of the virus because a lot of these folks who work at this plant live in the community, the same building, sometimes in the same apartment.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:
“This is a community issue. What do we see in places where we have a lot of spread of the virus? Well, we see people concentrated together. And that’s certainly true with our food processors where you have people together. But it can also be true in households if you have multiple generations of people living together, or a lot of people living in a household.”
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar:
According to Politico, Azar blamed the “home and social” aspects of worker’s lives instead of the plants.
For more on the Republican backlash against meatpacking workers, visit The New York Times here.