The Democratic Party is now "openly socialist" and is pushing hard against President Donald Trump's economic gains, Andy Puzder, the former CKE Restaurants CEO who at one time was the president's nominee for Labor secretary, said Tuesday.
"We are in a very different situation than we were in, say, when Ronald Reagan was president or George W. Bush was president," said Puzder, while appearing on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" to promote his new book, "The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left's Plot to Stop It"
"We have now got an opposition that's actually openly socialist."
The Democratic Party, he continued, "isn't the party of John Kennedy anymore. It's now the party of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The Democratic Party really has been captured by this progressive socialist ideology, particularly young people."
Meanwhile, the left is trying to sabotage President Donald Trump's push for an economic boom, Puzder said, despite the jobs and tax cut bill passed in December.
"There's never been a president that has faced such a concerted effort and the left and the media to discredit his economic accomplishments," said Puzder. "I wrote the book so that President Trump's supporters have the ammunition they need to fight back and be able to share underreported achievements that the president refers to. We need to get the word out with respect to those."
Puzder said that during President Barack Obama's administration, there were too many people working either part time or who were unemployed, and it was a "terrible situation."
However, unemployment benefits are at the lowest point in 44 years, and there are more than 6 million job openings.
"The situation has changed so dramatically, has gone from an economy where workers couldn't find employment to a situation now, where the biggest problem facing is employers can't find enough qualified workers to fill the job openings that exist," said Puzder.
"I'm surprised by that. I didn't realize or really accept the incredible resilience of capitalism in our American free enterprise system."
Puzder said his new book is about how the system works, and about how the left is "really, really out there to prevent this and to stop this president, no matter what they have to do."
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