For a long time now, Democrats have been pushing for the $15/hour minimum wage. They believe it’s necessary to pay low-income workers what they call a “living wage.”
President Joe Biden’s pick for associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta, has voiced her support for this move in the past. In fact, she’s been quite vocal about being a $15/hour proponent.
But it seems her family doesn’t necessarily practice what she preaches.
Last week, several sources (including Breitbart) reported that Gupta owns between $11 million and $55 million of stock in her father’s company.
This company is under heavy scrutiny now for allegedly supplying Mexican cartels with acetic anhydride, which is used to make “high-grade” heroin and methamphetamine.
Now we learn that in fact, another family company is in the spotlight: Aptiv PLC, an international auto parts manufacturer, again chaired by Gupta’s father.
And they’re not exactly paying all their employees at least $15/hour, either.
Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, has long praised proposals to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour while also owning stock in her family’s company which pays its Mexican labor force $1.30 an hour.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the company has a plant in Zacatecas, Mexico. And they routinely look for workers.
But a job listing on Indeed.com shows that these workers aren’t getting paid very much — certainly nowhere near $15/hour.
Instead, the listing offers “$260/month for a 50-hour per week job,” which works out to roughly $1.30/hour. While the dollar does go a lot farther in Mexico, that’s still an awfully low number.
Whether it’s Believe All Women!™ or Fight for Fifteen!, you’ll always find a hypocrite hiding behind the slogan.
Multimillionaire Biden Nominee Vanita Gupta Says She Backs $15 ‘Livable Wage.’ Her Family Business Pays Mexicans $1.30 an Hour. https://t.co/zKRERXKcyN
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 17, 2021
Other open positions at the plant include a full-time general operator that pays only $290/month, and a production line operator that pays $274/month.
Critics were quick to seize on Vanita Gupta’s outspoken support of the $15/hour minimum wage; as she said back in 2018:
The first-hand stories in this report capture the day-to-day struggles of minimum wage life while underscoring the importance of providing better opportunities for low-income communities.
Perhaps she was only referring to American low-income communities.
But either way, this report of her father’s company paying Mexican employees such a small amount is bound to cause some problems. Republicans are guaranteed to play the hypocrisy card here.
That might be a very fitting card to play. Because at this point, one could argue that we’re seeing a lot of “do as I say, not as I do” from our leaders in Washington.
- Vanita Gupta, Joe Biden’s pick for associate attorney general, has supported the $15/hour minimum wage idea for years.
- But her family’s company is offering jobs to Mexicans that only pay a little over $1/hour.
- Critics are already calling out the hypocrisy of the situation, and Republicans won’t forget this any time soon.