Bob Iger did not take an attack on Disney from Bernie Sanders lying down.
After the Democratic presidential candidate spent Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif., blasting Disney for not paying workers at its theme parks — including nearby Disneyland — enough money, the CEO responded in a private Facebook post.
“To Bernie Sanders: We created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland in the past decade, and our company has created 18,000 in the U.S. in the last five years. How many jobs have you created? What have you contributed to the U.S. economy?” Iger wrote in his post.
Sanders spent a decent amount of time criticizing Disney while speaking at the Anaheim Convention Center, and his remarks were a topic of conversation on conservative talk radio on Wednesday.
“Anybody make a living wage working for Disney?” Sanders asked supporters.
He continued his attack last night.
Disney, he said, “pays its workers so low that many are forced to live in motels, because they can’t afford a decent place to live. Meanwhile, Disney made a record-breaking profit of nearly $3 billion last quarter.”
Sanders also took Iger — though not by name — to task for his large salary. In the most recent fiscal year, Iger earned $44.9 million, down from $46.5 million a year earlier. Sanders also accused Disney of sending work overseas and “exploiting people in China.”
And Sanders stated in LA Times that Disney products are made overseas:
Sanders went on to attack Disney, which made a record $2.9 billion in the first quarter of this year, for sending jobs overseas, noting that some Disney products are made in places like China.
On a side note: Disney is found in the ICIJ offshore leaks database: