This week's Douchebag Decree goes to a man who used his post at CNN as a platform to rage against "illegal aliens" to the American public. If that wasn't douche-y enough for you, it has now come out that this same man has been employing undocumented workers for years to tend to his prized horses and mansions. Who is this hypocritical douche, you ask? Lou Dobbs, come on down!
A piece published earlier today by Isabel Macdonald of The Nation reports that:
Based on a yearlong investigation, including interviews with five immigrants who worked without papers on his properties, The Nation and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute have found that Dobbs has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.
Apparently, Dobbs and his daughter own five "European Warmbloods," horses that can cost upwards of $1 million and require 'round the clock care (you can't make this stuff up, folks). The stable where the horses are kept is staffed in part by undocumented laborers, a fact that Dobbs apparently knew—though that didn't stop him from warning Americans about the dangers of hiring "illegals" from his position at CNN. In April of 2006 he even said that "illegal employers who hire illegal aliens" should face felony charges. Do you think he's changed that tune now that he's apparently been found out?
According to Macdonald's fine reporting (seriously, you should read her article) Dobbs' homes are also staffed in part by undocumented landscapers and have been for some time. To make matters worse (and weirder, since this whole tale of million-dollar horses and mansions and underground employees is kinda out there if you don't, you know, make millions of dollars), because Dobbs' horses are stabled in rural Vermont and the workers he employs are unable to drive due to their statuses as illegal, they are stuck on his property. One of them likened the experience to being "imprisoned in a palace."
If I go to jail, please don't forget to feed my Warmbloods.
To be fair, Dobbs himself denies these allegations, calling Macdonald's article a "smear campaign." The evidence appears to be stacked against him and his staggering hypocrisy, but you never know. Besides, he's got a reputation to protect, since there are rumors that he might run for President in 2012. Somehow I doubt that this story will help his chances of winning, but hey, at least it got him this week's Douchebag Decree!