Speaking with radio personality Hugh Hewitt Monday morning, former Secretary of Labor nominee Andy Puzder said he and his wife were subject to multiple acts of intimidation by anti-Trump protesters.
Puzder, who withdrew his candidacy as Labor Secretary the day before his scheduled Feb 16. Senate hearing, explained to Hewitt the events that took place during the confirmation timeline.
In one incident, Puzder and his wife were sent a package containing a mysterious powdery substance, forcing FBI and hazardous material teams to be deployed.
“There was an envelope left at our house addressed to my wife that had white powder in it, a pink piece of paper with ‘Trump’ written on it, and then obviously the white powder was in a plastic bag, but you open the envelope and a little powder came out,” Puzder told Hewitt “We had an FBI terrorist team come to the house. We had a couple fire engines with hazmat teams come to the neighborhood.”
Though the FBI by rule is unable to comment on such incidents, a person associated with Puzder confirmed the story.
In a second act, protesters from the Fight for $15 organization extended a demonstration beyond Puzder’s front door, placing a package addressed to Puzder’s wife on the door step. “I didn’t see it, but I was told there was a paper-doll with a noose around its neck and there was—again, addressed to my wife, not addressed to me, which shows the cowardice of these people,” Puzder said.
Puzder was realistic in regards to his opposition, as he believed he would not garner enough confirmation votes in the Senate which partially lead to his withdrawal. However, also told Hewitt the threats to him and his family were “really pretty tremendous.”
“All of that [behavior] obviously intended to intimidate my family,” said the CEO of CKE Restaurants. “I actually said ‘look this is too much pressure on everybody. I think I should just withdraw my nomination’ and [his wife] said, ‘What, and let the bad guys win?.’ She was very, very supportive.”
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