The White House Might Give a Top Job to Yet Another Alleged Abuser

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Gary Cohn’s departure as Donald Trump’s top economic adviser and chair of the National Economic Council has started the guessing game as to who will replace him. One name that is reportedly being floated around is Andy Puzder, fast food executive and consistent violator of labor laws.

You might remember Puzder from, I don’t know, just last year, when he was Trump’s first pick for Labor Secretary. Puzder withdrew his nomination in part because of abuse allegations that surfaced from his former wife, Lisa Fierstein. These included a video of an appearance Fierstein once made on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in which she detailed some of the alleged abuse. Fierstein also filed an abuse claim against Puzder both before and during their divorce in 1988 (Fierstein has since retracted those claims various times.)

Now—just weeks after the White House was embroiled in controversy over its defense of alleged spousal abuser Rob Porter—Puzder’s name is being floated around again, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business. The post would not require Senate confirmation.


What difference a year can make.