Meghan McCain‘s husband, Ben Domenech, co-founder and publisher of the extreme-right, anti-LGBTQ blog The Federalist, is being sued and she’s not happy about it.“My husband made a joke on Twitter and now you’re all paying for the government to sue him,” McCain tweeted yesterday, along with a video of Domenech explaining the lawsuit against him.My husband made a joke on Twitter and now you're all paying for the government to sue him. ?https://t.co/hGDTy8APwk— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 24, 2022Feel free to watch the video yourself.
Or, we can summarize it for you…Basically, in 2019, Domenech, tweeted a “joke” threatening the people who work at his LGBTQ hate blog that if they ever tried to unionize he would send them “back to the salt mine”.FYI @fdrlst first one of you tries to unionize I swear I'll send you back to the salt mine— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) June 7, 2019Domenech wrote the tweet on the same day of a walkout by union employees at Vox Media.In response, the National Labor Relations Board filed a formal charge against FDRLST, Media, LLC, claiming the tweet constituted an “unfair” labor practice.In 2020, a National Labor Relations Board administrative judge determined the timing of the tweet was, indeed, meant to be a “threat” to Domenech’s employees and, therefore, violated federal labor laws.Related: Fact checkers take Meghan McCain to task for calling her homophobic husband “sexy” and “brilliant”“Obviously, the FDRLST employees are not literally being sent back to the salt mines,” Judge Kenneth Chu said in his ruling. “Idioms have, however, hidden meanings.”“In viewing the totality of the circumstances surrounding the tweet, this tweet had no other purpose except to threaten the FDRLST employees with.
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