The leader of a labor advocacy organization brazenly admitted at a rally this week that her group will "resist" anybody nominated by President Trump to head the Department of Labor no matter "how reasonable" that person is.
Saru Jayaraman, the co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, spoke to a crowd gathered for an International Women's Day rally in Washington on Wednesday. Jayaraman boasted about helping "lead a coalition of folks that got Trump's first secretary of labor nominee out" before revealing her plans for the next nominee.
"Here's the thing," she said, "it doesn't matter how reasonable the other person is, or how much less crazy they are. We're still going to resist."
Jayaraman's shameless admission was accented by an enthusiastic drummer posted up at the front of the crowd and greeted with cheers from onlookers.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Nathan Brand of America Rising Squared remarked, "ROC's admission that it will oppose absolutely anyone nominated by President Trump for Secretary of Labor no 'matter how reasonable' they are shows once again how this group is all about its wacky Left-wing agenda, not protecting American workers. For them, it's always more important to make big political statements than to serve the interests of working men and women."
Though Republicans spent the Obama years branded the "party of no," the tables are quickly turning.
Unfortunately for the Left, a Harvard-Harris poll of more than 2,000 registered voters taken last month found that 73 percent of voters want to see Democrats work with President Trump. Just 27 percent of respondents said Democrats should "resist Trump's every move."
Sound bites like Jayaraman's leave people with the impression that liberals prioritize opposing qualified candidates who could make strides for workers just to score political points against Donald Trump. The more liberals boast about leading a movement of blanket resistance to the president, the less appealing the Democratic party will be to voters.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.