Fact Check: White House Uses ‘Alternative Facts’ in Attempt to Explain Away Puzder’s Failure

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Following Andy Puzder’s decision to withdraw his nomination for Secretary of Labor, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wrongly attacked opponents for the failed nomination, saying:

“There is no focus on these guys having a double standard for which they had with Obama nominees. It’s just ridiculous,” Spicer said. “He was not given a hearing.”

It is a fact that Puzder wasn’t given a hearing. He was given five of them and each were canceled either by Senate Republicans or Mr. Puzder himself. In response, Allied Progress released the following statement:

Andy Puzder was given multiple hearing dates. The only reason there was no hearing is because Mr. Puzder would rather pull out than defend his record and President Trump’s agenda,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress. He continued, “We don’t blame Mr. Puzder, it’s hard to defend the indefensible – but that’s the Trump administration’s problem, not ours.

Allied Progress was among those leading the charge against Puzder. It released a 20-page research dossier on Puzder, conducted rapid response activities, and launched hard-hitting television ads targeting key senators encouraging them to oppose Puzder’s confirmation.

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