FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2016
Contact: Kurt Walters, 202-630-0299
Hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and thousands of phone calls expected through BlockTrumpsCabinet.com, demanding Senate blocks “Trump’s cabinet of hate and Wall Street greed”
Groups: Only a few principled Republican votes needed to block many of Trump’s unacceptable nominees if Democrats stick together
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, more than 20 leading progressive groups launched a coalition effort at BlockTrumpsCabinet.com to demand the U.S. Senate uses its confirmation powers to block Donald Trump’s “cabinet of hate and Wall Street greed.”
The groups will drive their millions of grassroots members to petition and call the Senate, urging senators to block and resist any Trump nominee espousing hateful ideology or corporate cronyism.
Coalition organizations range from progressive stalwarts like Demand Progress, Daily Kos, the Working Families Party, and Democracy for America to prominent organizations like CWA (Communications Workers of America) and the League of Conservation Voters to groups representing communities threatened by the hateful ideology of many Trump’s picks, like UltraViolet, MPower, and Presente Action.
The petition to the U.S. Senate reads:
“Donald Trump’s first appointments to cabinet-level roles in his administration are horrifying. Trump’s nominees and rumored picks have promoted white nationalism, attacked climate science, and used their power as Wall Street insiders and corporate lobbyists to fleece working families.
“As representatives of all Americans, you must stand up against hatred and greed. Fight to block and resist every Trump nominee who embraces racism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, climate denial, and Wall Street greed.”
In contrast to his promises to be “a president for all Americans” and “drain the swamp” in Washington, Trump’s cabinet nominations demonstrate he is welcoming hate right into the White House and are so pro-corporate Politico calls his administration “an investment banker’s dream.”
Specifically, the campaign calls for the Senate to block and resist “enemy of civil rights and women’s rights Jeff Sessions” (Attorney General), “foreclosure king Steve Mnuchin” (Treasury Secretary), “Wall Street billionaire Wilbur Ross” (Secretary of Commerce), and the climate science deniers rumored to be picked for EPA Administrator, such as Myron Ebell.
The full list of organizations participating in the effort includes American Family Voices, Catholics in Alliance, Courage Campaign, Center for Popular Democracy Action, CREDO Action, Communications Workers of America, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Friends of the Earth, League of Conservation Voters, MPower, New York Communities for Change, Other 98% Action, People’s Action, People for the American Way, Presente Action, Public Citizen, RootsAction, Rootstrikers, SumOfUs, The Nation, UltraViolet, and the Working Families Party.