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AFT Leader: Clinton/Trump Showdown is About Government ‘Credibility’

October 14, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

AFT President Randi Weingarten.

AFT President Randi Weingarten.

New York, NY – With all the noise surrounding this year’s presidential election, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is warning that the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is really about the “credibility of government.” 

“If we want a country that operates as a democracy and not a dictatorship — then we have to elect Hillary Clinton,” Weingarten says.

The AFT leader made the remarks during the latest episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer. 

At the time of this writing, Clinton leads Trump in the polls by a 45 to 40 percent margin. Recent revelations chronicling Trump’s decades long history of abusive conduct towards women have caused many key Republican leaders to back away from their millionaire candidate. But Weingarten says that she is not taking Hillary’s victory for granted. 

“Trump appeals to frustration,” Weingarten says. “Ultimately, Hillary has to be the president of all the people.” 

Should Clinton prevail, Weingarten says that the former secretary of state will focus on implementing a nationwide jobs plan rebuilding roads and improving the U.S. transportation system within her first 100 days in office. 

Trump, meanwhile, copntinues to be mired is allegations of sexual assault. Ten different women have now publicly come forward to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting them in the past. Kristin Anderson, the latest woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault, said the one-time reality star turned presidential hopeful fondled her genitals in a New York night club back in the 1990s. 

Those accusations — along with Trump’s well documented affronts to women overall — have put misogyny at the center of national debate. 

Weingarten charges that much of the anti-Clinton vitriol coming from Trump supporters is rooted in blatant sexism. 

“The level of anger I hear about this woman is beyond the pale,” the AFT president says.

Wiengarten’s entire remarks can be heard this Sudnay night at 9 p.m. on AM970. The latest episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” also includes exclusive interviews with Robert Jackson and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, as well as Liz Vladeck, deputy commissioner of the newly-formed Office of Labor Policy and Standards. 

LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airs every Sunday night on AM970 The Answer from 9 to 10 p.m. This week’s episode, as well as every other episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” is also available on demand at

October 14, 2016

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