Four days after The Washington Post’s 400+ employees submitted a stunning open letter/petition to the paper’s owner, Jeff Bezos, pleading with him to raise their wages and offer them better benefits, President Donald Trump jumped on Twitter to lavish his arch-nemesis’s mistreated employees with his unexpected support.
Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea. Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time! Is @WaPo a registered lobbyist?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2018
Published to YouTube, Twitter and a custom Web domain, the petition actually made no mentions of a strike. Instead it outlined the employees’ concerns about Bezos’ purportedly “unfair and even shocking” pay practices.
The petition specifically cited Bezos’ unwillingness “to improve retirement benefits,” Bezos’ insistence on a meager “$10 a week in pay increases,” Bezos’ desire to push “for the right to indiscriminately lay off anyone,” etc.
“The Post is not just any business venture. But even if it were – this would not be the way to show that you value your employees,” the Post’s employees wrote. “Please show the world that you not only can lead the way in creating wealth, but that you also know how to share it with the people who helped you create it.”
To better convey their point, the Post’s employees even prepared a video message to accompany their letter/petition.
“More than 400 of our colleagues have signed this petition, and they’re just asking you to listen,” the Post’s global opinions editor Karen Attiah said in the video.
Not everybody agreed that the Post’s employees deserved more money and benefits. Some argued on Twitter that employees generally earn exactly what they deserve and that employees who feel they deserve more always reserve the option to just leave.
If someone is paying you less than other market participants would view your worth, then you should transfer to the other organizations that place more value on you. If there are none, then maybe you need to realize that you’re just not that valuable…to the marketplace.
— Brought Up Right (@Brought_UpRight) June 14, 2018
🤣🤣🤣you work for Amazon, folks. You can move to a different outlet. May I suggest one with a better reputation that the Washington (com)Post. This #DearJeffBezos crap is laughable.
— 🏳️🌈WeJustKeepWinning🇺🇸 (@WokeFormerLib) June 14, 2018
Though Trump likely realizes the same thing — he himself is a successful billionaire business owner, after all, and successful business owners understand the value in paying people their worth versus what they want — he was clearly trying to take a swing at Bezos.
Why? Because he blames The Washington Post’s notoriously leftist, anti-Trump bias on Bezos, who purchased the paper in 2013. Of the 1,000+ leftist news outlets that have it in for the president, the Post may very well be the worst.
“He bought this paper for practically nothing, and he’s using that as a tool for political power, and is using that against me and against other people. I’ll tell you what, we can’t let him get away with it,” Trump had said during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity in 2016.
“He’s making these really bad stories … they’re wrong, and in many cases they have no proper information, and they’re slopping them together.”
While Trump hasn’t been able to stop Bezos thus far, throwing his support behind the Post’s frustrated employees may just be a tiny sliver of revenge.