Are Campaigns to Raise the Minimum Wage Really ‘Recruitment Ground for Fascism’?

Are Campaigns to Raise the Minimum Wage Really ‘Recruitment Ground for Fascism’?

Are Campaigns to Raise the Minimum Wage Really ‘Recruitment Ground for Fascism’?

One Koch brothers strategist thinks so.

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In late August, The Nation published exclusive audio from a secretive summer retreat for billionaire Republican donors organized by the Koch brothers. In the audio, released by Lauren Windsor of The Undercurrent, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tells those assembled that he will do everything in his power to block government spending on “healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board.”

In additional audio from the retreat, top Koch strategist Richard Fink describes the minimum wage as “the recruitment ground for fascism,” and compares liberals to groups ranging from the Nazi Party to modern-day suicide bombers. So yesterday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought The Nation and The Undercurrent’s reporting to the Senate floor by asking McConnell to denounce Fink’s inflammatory remarks. Later in the afternoon at a press briefing, Windsor again asked McConnell to comment on the Fink recording. McConnell turned away without answering, moving on to the next question.

—Naomi Gordon-Loebl

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