Eugene Scalia has spent decades tirelessly fighting against working Americans. And that makes him the perfect Labor secretary for Donald Trump’s white house.
Scalia’s Senate confirmation hearing is set for tomorrow. Trump tapped the corporate attorney to run the Department of Labor in July after Alex Acosta resigned his post following renewed outrage regarding failing to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein in Florida. If Scalia’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because he’s the son of late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia followed his staunchly conversative father into law and government, eventually serving as George W. Bush’s Solicitor of Labor.
But Scalia really made his name in corporate law, carving a reputation as a ruthless advocate of big business. He’s represented Wall Street banks in their battle against government oversight and even won a case forcing minimum wage-earning blackjack dealers at a Nevada casino to share tips with management. But perhaps his most famous case was 2006’s Walmart v. Maryland, where Scalia convinced a federal judge to strike down a law forcing Walmart and other large corporations to allocate more money for employee benefits.
Scalia’s anti-regulation bonafides are the stuff of legend. In 2012, Robert Schmidt profiled Scalia for Bloomberg Businessweek, which garnered the headline “Suing the Government? Call Scalia!” In the opening graf, Schmidt writes that SEC employees jokingly referred to Dodd-Frank—the sweeping Wall Street regulation passed after the 2008 financial crisis—as the “Eugene Scalia Full Employment Act.”
But Scalia’s anti-worker bent makes him ideal for the Trump administration. He’s yet another cabinet appointee who’s spent his life railing against the very department he’s supposed to lead. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would prefer dismantling public education in favor of charter schools across America. Energy secretary Rick Perry has various financial interests in the oil industry and advocated for the elimination of his own department.
As Education secretary, Scalia would represent the working people of America, at least in theory. And who better to represent workers than someone who’s fought against their best interest for decades?