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Democrats Vow To Expose Trump’s Cabinet Picks As A Scam

Shaindel Beers
Pendleton, OR, United States

Dec 28, 2016 — Greetings and Happy Holidays, Friends! Here’s the good news: We ARE being heard! Senate Democrats are taking action!

Politico reports that Senate Democrats are planning their January comeback with one goal in mind: to expose president-elect Donald Trump and his cabinet picks as frauds.

Oregon Senator, Jeff Merkley says of Trump: “His campaign, based on his nominations, was a charade. [H]e sold the American public on a story that is a false story. It is a scam.” “[Trump] said: ‘I’m for working people and for taking on Wall Street, I’m for draining the swamp.’ And his nominees say the exact opposite.”

A brief list of Trump’s cabinet picks include:

Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Tillerson’s strong ties to Russia and specifically to Vladimir Putin make him the wrong choice for Secretary of State. Tillerson worked closely with Putin to secure oil deals in Russia despite U.S. sanctions against Russia and also ran a U.S.-Russian oil firm based in the Bahamas to avoid paying taxes. This is the wrong choice for Secretary of State and the wrong choice for our environment.

Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Sessions was first nominated to serve as a federal judge in 1986 during Ronald Reagan’s administration, but he was voted down 10-8 by a Republican-controlled Senate panel for being too racist, including reports of his advising a black colleague to be careful what he said, “to white folks.” If Sessions was too racist to serve in 1986, he certainly isn’t fit to serve today.

Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary

Mnuchin is a former Goldman Sachs executive who has been called the “Eviction King” in various articles for his involvement in foreclosing on nearly 36,000 California homeowners during the housing crisis. This isn’t draining the swamp. This is inviting the Super Gator in.

James Mattis for Defense Secretary

“Mad Dog” Mattis, as he is nicknamed, isn’t even legal to nominate to this position, given the law that defense secretaries must have been out of active duty for at least seven years. This means that part of the entire nomination process would need to be waived by both the House and the Senate before he could be approved by the Senate. Why should Donald Trump be allowed to nominate cabinet members who are not even legally qualified to serve?

Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

DeVos is against public education, pure and simple. She is an advocate of charter schools which are often run as for-profit institutions that take advantage of desperate parents and hire new graduates from education programs, while being run by administrators who have no experience in education. In short, Charter schools drain money from struggling school districts, reinforce the re-segregation of school systems, and lack transparency and accountability. Charter schools are not the choice many students need, and Betsy DeVos and her support of privatizing public education isn’t the right choice for Secretary for Education and our children’s future.

How to take action now!

Please keep sharing this petition and calling your members of Congress to let them know that you are concerned about these cabinet picks and that they aren’t acceptable. You can look up your members of Congress here: http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/ Remember, a phone call carries more weight than an email.

Be polite but be firm. Your members of Congress serve you, and they need to know your concerns. This is our future, and we’re all in it together! It’s up to us to be the change we want to see in the world.

Act locally to have a big influence. The way that the Tea Party gained control was by taking part in local elections and leadership roles. We need to do the same thing. Run for your local school board or library board, serve on the board of a local not-for-profit or arts administration. Here is a handy guide that will help: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Sharika Soal, who helped me immensely with these updates and the petition is starting her own not-for-profit which will assist those most affected by the Trump agenda and the Social Security Reform Act of 2016. To see what she is working on, please go to:

https://www.gofundme.com/ResistTrump2017-2020

Lastly, thank you all for being here and for caring about our democracy as much as I do. When I started this petition, I did it by myself, from my couch because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing – that a man known for his hateful rhetoric was being named White House Advisor, and now we’re all stronger together. Thank you!

Happy holidays!
Shaindel

For questions, concerns, and media/ press inquiries please contact Sharika at LadysoalPR@gmail.com or send a Tweet to @LadyThriller69 [Sidenote: 69 stands for the cancer zodiac sign.]

Sources:
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-cabinet-confirmation-battle-232867

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/26/four-cabinet-nominations-that-could-blow-up-in-donald-trumps-face/?utm_term=.f35c5b48f2d3

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/08/a-sobering-look-at-what-betsy-devos-did-to-education-in-michigan-and-what-she-might-do-as-secretary-of-education/?utm_term=.622f1b6c48d0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/20/a-dozen-problems-with-charter-schools/?utm_term=.1f2149bad24e

Graphic credit, The Washington Post


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