One starts to wonder… Either Trump doesn’t understand what “draining the swamp” means or he has absolutely no intention on following through on his campaign promise to end corruption in government, and may want to actually make it worse.
Well, powerhouse Democratic senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have no intention in standing by and letting that happen.
Trump announced Wednesday his choice for Treasury Secretary is Steven Mnuchin, a “Goldman Sachs banker-turned-Hollywood movie financier.” This is just the latest in a string of terrifying, baffling, or idiotic nomination choices Trump has made since the election.
However, this is one choice Warren and Sanders are beyond furious about and they have joined voices to let everyone know just how hypocritical this choice is. In a joint statement released Wednesday, they said:
“During the campaign, Donald Trump told the American people that he was going to change Washington by taking on Wall Street. Donald Trump’s choice for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is just another Wall Street insider. That is not the type of change that Donald Trump promised to bring to Washington – that is hypocrisy at its worst.”
The dual statements of condemnation suggests this is one appointment that will be met with huge opposition from the Democratic caucus. The dynamic duo went on to say:
“After his bank pocketed billions in taxpayer dollars from the bailout, Mnuchin moved on to make a fortune running another bank that aggressively foreclosed on families still reeling from the crisis.This pick makes clear that Donald Trump wants to cater to the same Wall Street executives that have hurt working families time and again.”
Mnuchin has absolutely no government experience, except, of course his support of Trump which seems to be really the only qualifications needed for any of the positions in his impending administration.
Since leaving Wall Street with his mattress filled with cash, Mnuchin (often confused with nunchuk or munchkin), has taken on film financing. Projects he has been involved with include “Suicide Squad” to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” He also has a small role in the upcoming “Rules Don’t Apply”, which he landed in return for pitching into the $30M budget.
Hmmmm… paying to play a part… Sounds like a theme here.
Elizabeth Warren must see the film business connection as well. In an equally fired up statement Tuesday, she called Mnuchin, “the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.”
“He managed to participate in all the worst practices on Wall Street. He spent two decades at Goldman Sachs helping the bank peddle the same kind of mortgage products that blew up the economy and sucked down billions in taxpayer bailout money before he moved on to run a bank that was infamous for aggressively foreclosing on families.”
Warren went on to warn that Mnuchin as the Treasury secretary:
“should send shivers down the spine of every American who got hit hard by the financial crisis, and is the latest sign that Donald Trump has no intention of draining the swamp and every intention of running Washington to benefit himself and his rich buddies.”
Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly slammed large financial institutions (like Goldman Sachs) and hedge fund managers for being responsible for the financial crisis and promised that this type of economic atrocity would not happen under his watch. Well, with Mnuchin in this top financial role, it is sure to be more of the same.
The only question now is: how stupid do the working class Trump supporters feel now?
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