Via America’s Lawyer: Managers at Tyson meatpacking plants have allegedly been placing bets on how many workers would succumb to COVID on the job. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             A new lawsuits revealed that managers at Tyson meat packing actually placed bets on how many workers would die or contract COVID after they were out on the floor. This was, they actually had a pool where the, the, the, the top managers, top managers said, well, you know, let’s bet on how many people are going to die here. Let’s bet on how many people are going to get COVID.

Farron Cousins:                  It’s, it’s horror.

Mike Papantonio:             Couldn’t make this story up, could you?

Farron Cousins:                  No, you can’t. And it’s horrifying. And they really did. They, you would go in with your cash and say, I want to buy in. I’m betting, you know, 50 50 of our people die from this. And if you win the pool, you got all the money. We don’t know, I guess.

Mike Papantonio:             Winner take all.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah, I don’t know who, who ends up winning the money, or if they actually ended up paying out at this point, when Tyson came out and issued a statement, oh, we’re, we’re a family here and we’ll investigate this. So, so who did they find to do the investigation as to whether or not they’re betting who’s going to live or die? Eric Holder is the one who’s going to be conducting this investigation with Covington Berling.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah. Let me.

Farron Cousins:                  It’s, it’s sick.

Mike Papantonio:             Let, let me tell you a little about Eric Holder, I’m kind of a specialist on Eric Holder. Eric Holder is appointed attorney general by Obama. He’s, he’s this guy that comes from a, well, this is what he does for a living. He represents white collar criminals. That’s his specialty. As a matter of fact, while he was attorney general, if you look at every white collar criminal who stole money from mom and pop, who created pharmaceuticals that were killing people, who defrauded the government by whatever means necessary. If you take a look, or how about the wall street burn down.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             Did nothing. How about this is an Eric Holder story. We find out that HSBC has, is washing money for terrorists. And they admit it in a six page document. They said, yes, we washed money for terrorism. Yes, we know Americans were killed. Yes, we participated in this and Eric Holder slapped, Loretta Lynch, along with her.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             Slaps them on the wrist. And everybody goes away. Eric Holder is like having Colonel Sanders guard the chickens. That’s what, that’s what’s going on here.

Farron Cousins:                  It, it really is because this is a guy and this is a defense law firm that’s going to be investigating this because I’m sure Tyson has paid them a ton of money. And they’re going to come out and say, you know what? We found the bad Apple. Maybe it was two or three bad apples. We punished the bad apples. We got rid of them, the bunch isn’t spoiled. So let’s all move on. We put a happy face on Tyson and two or three fall guys, you know, disappear for awhile. That’s what happens here.

Mike Papantonio:             I doubt there’s going to be, look, how about, okay. Here’s, I think when we take a look at the, really the absurd, where it comes to the way workers were treated during the pandemic, we look at the packing industry. Don’t we?

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah.

Mike Papantonio:             We look at Smithfield. How about that story? Smithfield is owned by the Chinese. The Chinese knew about COVID way before everybody else knew. They knew how dangerous it was. They made no attempt in the United States to change the way that Smithfield was, was treating employees. They kept them out there without masks, without separation. After the Chinese knew clearly that this was going to kill people and they kept them at Smithfield. So it, was Tyson any better? Give me your, give me an estimation on Tyson. I mean.

Farron Cousins:                  Doesn’t look like it based on what we’re seeing in these complaints, Tyson was doing the same thing. You’re working in close quarters. They’re not giving people the PPE that they need. They’re not being allowed. One, one actual mid-level manager was actually not allowed to go get a COVID test even though he was showing symptoms, he was told we’re all showing symptoms, go back to work.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  So Tyson was just as bad as, as Smithfield, as far as, you know, maybe even worse. We’ll find out.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah. Okay. And now, now what, do you want to put some money on whether or not the Democrats give them immunity? I’m betting they do.

Farron Cousins:                  Oh yeah, absolutely.

Mike Papantonio:             I’m betting they get immunity. They’ve killed people. They’ve killed people’s family. Somebody gets COVID, goes home, Granddaddy gets COVID and dies. Smithfield knew about it. Tyson knew about it. And we actually have Democrats and Republicans saying, you know, gee whiz, we have to feed America. Now, how about that argument? They weren’t even feeding America. Most of the stuff they were, they were producing was going to China.

Farron Cousins:                  Right. So it’s the same cycle. And unfortunately, because, you know, as we had already discussed, Biden’s put the same people in charge. Eric Holder’s a good friend of Biden. He is now involved in this. Nothing will happen. Nobody is going to go to jail, but every one of them should.

Mike Papantonio:             Thank you for joining me, Farron.

Farron Cousins:                  Thank you.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.