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Amazon Exec’s Snarky Tweets At Bernie Sanders Backfire

After Dave Clark defended the behemoth's labor practices, Twitter users responded by sharing articles about how Amazon treats its workers.

Amazon executive Dave Clark attempted to mock Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Twitter on Wednesday, prompting a barrage of replies featuring negative news stories about the company.

Clark, who is CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer unit, tweeted Wednesday about Sanders’ upcoming trip to Alabama, where the senator will meet with Amazon workers who are pushing to unionize their warehouse.

“I welcome @SenSanders to Birmingham and appreciate his push for a progressive workplace,” Clark wrote. He then added: “I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that’s not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace.”

“So if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown,” Clark added. “But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring.”

Critics including Robert Reich, the former labor secretary, and Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants union, responded with sarcasm, and with facts and articles about unsafe working conditions for Amazon employees:

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