Blog

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: ‘Boycott All Trump Products’

Barbara Hollingsworth
By Barbara Hollingsworth | December 21, 2016 | 3:25 PM EST

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (AP photo)

 

Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, is urging his fellow progressives to block President-elect Donald Trump from carrying out his policy plans for his first 100 days in office, including a suggestion to “boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything.”

Reich’s “First 100 Day Resistance Agenda” also urges Democrats in Congress to draw out the hearings of Trump’s Cabinet nominees while progressive journalists “dig into their backgrounds”.

Our version of ‘Drill, baby, drill’ is ‘Sue, baby, sue’,” he continued. “Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized.”

He also recommended “coordinated fund-raising” efforts that would “fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups.”

Besides letters to the editor, op-eds and social media posts protesting Trump, the former Labor secretary, who is now a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, proposed “sister” marches to the Women’s March on Washington planned for Trump’s Inauguration next month.

“And then? 1 Million Muslims. 1 Million Latinos? What would keep the momentum alive and keep the message going?’ he asked.

“Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend,” Reich urged fellow progressives. “Come up with to-dos… We’re not going away.”

In an interview with Amy Goodman from DemocracyNow!, Reich expressed his fears that Trump’s agency heads will not enforce the law.

“If you have a president—a secretary of labor who’s against all of these labor laws, there’s a substantial danger that they will not be enforced, because that’s what the Labor Department does, is it enforces.

“I think we do have to regard this as not a normal presidency,” he continued. “You know, some people say, ‘Oh, well, it’s just a—we’ve had conservative, pompous, narcissistic presidents before. This is—this is not normal. This is really dangerous. And we have to resist. We have to have a peaceful resistance,” Reich said.

“And what I tried to do is list the kind of things that we all, as citizens, need to do and need to have our representatives and senators in Congress do, and not only mount a forceful rejection of these Trump nominees, most of whom are completely unqualified and incompetent with regard to enforcing the purposes of these agencies that they are going to be running, or Trump wants them to run, but also, individually, we need to boycott Trump products.”