August 10, 2016

Strickland Jokes About Scalia’s Death Happening “At A Good Time,” AFL-CIO Crowd Laughs

Shocking new audio reveals Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joking about the death of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The remarks, delivered at an AFL-CIO NextUp Young Workers event in Cleveland, drew applause and laughter from labor union crowd.

Here’s a transcript of Strickland’s reprehensible remarks:

STRICKLAND: “In about three and a half months, we’ll make a decision about who occupies the executive branch, what party controls the Senate, and growing out of those two decisions will be the future of the United States Supreme Court. And my friends, a lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of that court. I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision. And I don’t wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time because once that decision had been made, it would have been tough to reverse it.”

The case Strickland cited was a March decision from the Court, made just over a month after Scalia died during a hunting trip in Texas, which ended in a 4-4 deadlock. At issue was public-sector unions’ ability to “collect fees from workers who chose not to join and did not want to pay for the unions’ collective bargaining activities.”

Strickland owes Justice Scalia’s family and members of our nation’s highest court an apology for making a tasteless joke about his death.