When President Barack Obama leaves office in January he will also be leaving a vacuum in the Democratic party. With his departure, who is going to be the most powerful and influential Democrat still in office? Some say it is Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is going to be the Minority Leader in the senate. Others say that it is Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who is and has been, the House Minority Leader. Pelosi has been active in politics for over 30 years, and on the subject of President-elect Donald Trump she has not minced words or attempted to be civil in regards to her views of what the Trump presidency will be and how it will impact the American people’s lives. Of particular outrage to Pelosi is Trump’s appointments to his cabinet of individuals who have histories of racism, or connections to racist figure. Trump recently named Steve Bannon, the head honcho at the Conservative website “Breitbart”, to be his chief adviser in the White House. Pelosi finds this unacceptable.
Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign. There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration.
Pelosi continued by saying that Democrat believe individuals to believe whatever they choose, but she would never stand quietly as Bannon is ushered into a position of power:
Democrats are committed to finding common ground for hard-working families. But we will stand our ground and strongly oppose attempts by this Administration to scapegoat and persecute Americans because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love.
She aptly continued to point out in another interview that Trump will appoint an Attorney General who is an entirely despicable and racist figure. Trump recently announced he will be appointing Jeff Sessions:
Days after naming a white nationalist as his Chief Strategist, the President-elect has chosen an Attorney General with a long record of racially offensive statements, discriminatory goals, and contempt for voting rights. As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions would have dangerous new authority to attack civil rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of immigrants and people of color. Senator Sessions’ record of racially-charged comments and actions was considered disqualifying for a district judgeship by the standards of 1986, and now in 2016 President-elect Trump wants to make him the chief law enforcement officer in America. In fact, in recent years, Senator Sessions’ conduct toward Latino and immigrant families has only grown more disconcerting.
What happens now will be the guess of any person, but in knowing who Trump is appointing to positions of power it certainly does not look like it will be happy ending for the American people.