August 27th, 2010
08:19 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin hits back at union boss

Sarah Palin hit back at recent comments from AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.

Sarah Palin hit back at recent comments from AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is responding to a union leader’s blistering attack Thursday on her home turf, characterizing AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as a “career union boss” out of touch with mainstream American workers.

“Trumka’s attempts to put himself on the side of the working man and woman would be more convincing if he weren’t a career union boss who’s spent most of his life in DC,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “No surprise then that his priorities aren’t the priorities of the average working man or woman, but of the Beltway power player.”

“My fellow union brothers and sisters have had their union dues squandered for far too long by a few of the union bosses who work for partisan politics and not the good blue collar Americans who have to fund their cushy salaries,” the former Alaska governor added.

The comments came hours after Trumka delivered a speech in Anchorage, Alaska in which he called Palin a "crazy magnet that's pulling people to the right."

“After she tied herself to John McCain and they lost, she blew off Alaska. I guess she figured she'd trade up-shoot for a national stage. Alaska was too far from the FOX TV spotlight," Trumka said.

"I bet most of you, on a clear day, can see her hypocrisy from your house,” Trumka also said during his lengthy attack on the former Republican vice presidential nominee.

In her response Thursday night, Palin said laborer’s true plight stems from the policies of the Obama administration – of which the AFL-CIO is a big supporter – and defended her string of television appearances – “It’s called the First Amendment, Rich,” she said.

“To my hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters in the labor movement: you don’t have to put up with the scare tactics and the big government agenda of the union bosses. There is a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement,” Palin also said.

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  1. markus

    "my fellow union brothers and sisters..."


    just because a small constiuency of fanatical right-wingers salivate of this opportunist, doesnt mean she has the rest of us fooled.

    it would be nice to click on political ticker and see something else besides this Pailin sideshow. She's an embarrasment.

    August 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. DougDC

    “It’s called the First Amendment, Rich,”??? Umm, no. The First Amendment does not protect you from private citizens protesting your asinine statements and positions. If you are going to call someone out about the First Amendment, perhaps you should read it sometime, and learn a bit about its meaning.

    Secondly, Sarah, being a half-term Governor of Alaska does earn you the privilege of using the phrase “My fellow union brothers and sisters." Neither does your honorary "membership" you received from the IBEW for pushing a pipeline deal. Legally, that does not make you a union member at all. Shame on you for implying one more credential that you do not possess.

    Finally, your "conservative movement" strives to weaken the rights of individuals to form unions, and to weaken the rights of the unions to represent and protect their members. It is not common sense for union members to support your "movement." Commonsense would be for you to think before speaking, and to shut up about things you have no knowledge of, such as the U.S. Constitution.

    August 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Doug

    Unions are a big reason this country is in the position we are in. They had there place in time, but when foriegn car companies can come in and pay competetive rates with good benefits without a union and our car companies get bailed out by the government instead of letting them file chapter 11 and restructure, it clearly shows how destructive today's unions are. For this guy to attack Sarah Palin is a Joke in itself. He does not represent all Alaskans in unions. I'm positive that there are many union workers that support her instead of the Democrats that are stearing this country off the freaking cliff. Wake up America!!!

    August 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    If you have a job and work hard Palin hates you.She and her family are quitters getting rich by being lying sleaze bags without a collective thought between them.

    August 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Notice

    Notice that all of these people are "career" whatevers that are out of touch. Does she not realize that she is a career piece of garbage that can't finish a job. Stop listening to her.

    August 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. katiec

    Another daily headline on Palin by CNN.
    They ignore that she is an unintelligent radical, is in the back pocket of the oil industry, wouldn't recognize truth and integrity if it hit her in the face.
    Unions are the back bone of middle class America. It appears some would rather the CEO's, big business have complete control over us and our livelihood. We had that for eight years and look at the destruction occurred.
    The American people cannot allow a political party that has undying support and love for Wall St, the rich over our welfare, who touts propaganda, fear, hate and anger because of no workable, acceptable, credible ideas of their own, and has thrown all integrity, honor, what they were elected to do to the wind, who obstructs anything and everything regardless of merits and benefits back in control as our country will not survive.

    August 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. a little sad

    “It’s called the First Amendment, Rich,” she said.


    But lying is against the eigth commandment (at least in my church's numbering):

    "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

    But we can't expect you to remember this, with your faux religious stance. YOu worship the almighty dollar, and nothing else.

    August 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Palin Loves Unions!!!

    "My fellow Union brothers and sisters"??
    Wow....I did not know there was a -Ex-governor' Union! keep in line with us fellow union workers...Palin could reveal the source of HER "cushy income"!

    Finally.....Palin villifies, tweets, derides, denigrates anyone who disagrees with her...but then defends HER far right fringe policies saying 'It's the First Amendment'??

    August 27, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. ronalde

    how dare sista sara to try and align herself to the workingwomen and men of the unions she never had a real job in her life and one thing her speech writers fail to tell her was that Trumka worked his way up to be president he wasn't appointed,sista sara never did ahard days work in her entire life she is a sham.

    August 27, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    What is the point in reporting on the dingbat from Wasilla?

    Facebook is a one-way street. It allows Palin to say things without any retort.

    Want to know what she thinks, get her on CNN. Otherwise ignore her, she is PLAYING the media.

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Darth Cheney

    Sarah "GOP Goddess" Palin complaining of some small union hack as the "Beltway Power Player". She's an uber-hypocrite.

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Lucas Breen

    Palin made minced meat out of Trumpka. He actually gave her an opportunity to look tough .. and she took advantage.

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Sean in AK

    "The common sense conservative movement..." Haven't seen or heard of it Ms. Palin. All I've seen and heard is your and your Fox News (sic) cohorts' uninformed, bitter, nasty, lying platforms that smack of political opportunism and scare tactics. As a person with conservative friends who have neither patience nor respect for you or your cronies, I have not seen anything that resembles common sense from you or your ridiculous agenda. AK doesn't want you and our country doesn't need you. Just go away Sarah, just go away.

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Carole

    A facebook posting is hardly a "smack down" in my opinion.

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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