Sen. Bernie Sanders took on The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary, ABC Television, at their corporate doorstep Tuesday, denouncing the entertainment colossus as the worst example of a"rigged economy."
At a rally in Anaheim, Calif., the Democratic presidential underdog fired up the crowd, declaring, "Everybody knows that the major economic force here in Anaheim is the Disney corporation," the Washington Post reports
"Anybody here work for Disney?" he asked, getting cheers for an answer. "Anybody make a living wage, working for Disney?" he then asked, to which loud boos were returned, the Post reports.
"I'm probably the only politician to go to Anaheim and say this," Sanders said, the Post reports.
"I use Disney not just to pick on Disney, but as an example of what people are talking about when they talk about a rigged economy," he declared, the Post reports.
Sanders railed that in Anaheim and surrounding communities, Disney "Disney pays its workers wages that are so low that many of them are forced to live in motels because they can't afford a decent place to live."
Disney pays its theme park hosts $9.47 an hour.
"Meanwhile, Disney made a record-breaking profit of nearly $3 billion last quarter," he said. "At the other side of the world, in Florida, Disney replaced 250 workers with foreign workers using the H1-B visa program. They had tech workers train the people that were replacing them."
The blast referred to the lawsuit against Disney over its hiring of consulting companies that cut costs by hiring foreign workers
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