Sen. Tim Scott (R‑SC) recalled President Ronald Reagan’s words about federal workers striking when discussing how he’d handle the United Auto Workers strike.
“Ronald Reagan gave us a great example when federal boys decided to strike: ‘You strike, you’re fired.’ Simple concept to me to the extent that we could use that once again,” Scott told a gathering of supporters. “Absolutely.”
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Scott, who is a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, was referencing Reagan’s choice to fire more than 11,000 federal workers in 1981 who did not return to work when ordered to. Before those firings, roughly 13,000 air traffic controllers had chosen to walk out after discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration had fallen apart.
“The second thing that I would do that’s very important, and this is probably not a well-known fact,” he continued. “Part of the challenge that we have today with President Biden is — and I don’t mean this to be disingenuous; I mean this to be sincere — I’m not sure the words are ‘bought and paid for,’ but certainly he has been leased by the unions.”
Scott reminded …