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Newsmax Host Eric Bolling: Labor Day Is A Communist Holiday

If you had Monday off for Labor Day, Newsmax host Eric Bolling wants you to know that you’re a communist.

On his show, Bolling bragged that he was working on Labor Day, telling the 11 people who were viewing his “show”:

“You’re looking at a fresh, all-new show tonight because we’re here for you and for this reason, because news doesn’t take a holiday, neither do we.”

And that led to the communism comment:

“Unlike the old and stale shows over at our competitor tonight. who’s off celebrating this fine, fair communist holiday we call Labor Day. so only here….”

Here’s a little bit of the history of Labor Day in the United States, courtesy of CNN:

Labor Day was first celebrated unofficially by labor activists and individual states in the late 1800s, according to the US Department of Labor. New York was the first state to introduce a bill recognizing Labor Day, but Oregon was the first to actually codify it into law in 1887. Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York had followed suit by the end of 1887.

Joshua Freeman, a labor historian and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, tells CNN that the holiday developed as unions were beginning to strengthen again after the 1870s recession.

In New York City, two events converged that contributed to the formation of Labor Day, Freeman says. First, the now-defunct Central Labor Union was formed as a “umbrella body” for unions across trades and ethnic groups. Additionally, the Knights of Labor, then the largest national labor convention, held a convention in the city, complete with a large parade. But the parade fell on a Tuesday at the start of September — and many workers were unable to attend.

The convention was a huge success, and unions around the country started holding their own labor celebrations at the start of September, usually on the first Monday of the month.

It wasn’t until June 28, 1894 that Congress passed an act naming the first day of September a legal holiday called Labor Day.

How exactly is that communist or communism? The holiday was passed by Congress and signed into law by Grover Cleveland.

So if indeed you enjoyed cooking out and spending time with your family on Monday, you’re a communist. Eric Bolling says so, and that means it has to be true, right?

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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