America’s real populist champions, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), issued a fiery joint statement this afternoon blasting president-elect Donald Trump for appointing former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary.
“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.
That is not the type of change that Donald Trump promised to bring to Washington — that is hypocrisy at its worst.
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.”
Donald Trump’s final anti-Semitic campaign ad painted the CEO of Goldman Sachs as part of a “globalist elite” that was destroying the American working class. He promised to end the corruption in Washington and to put the needs of the working class first. He promised to “drain the swamp” and curb the influence of Wall Street and K-Street lobbyists.
Instead, he first appointed dozens of lobbyists to his transition team. Then he appointed Steven Bannon, an ex-Goldman Sachs executive and unrepentant white supremacist to Chief Strategist. Yesterday, he met with the pPresident of Goldmans Sachs for “cabinet advice” and announced he was considering him for a White House job. Hours later, he appointed Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, an ex-Goldman Sachs executive who made millions kicking Americans out of their homes during the Great Recession.
He has broken every promise he made to the American people. Far from draining the swamp, he has dug it deeper and deeper. Only the determination and passion of Sanders and Warren stand between the financial elites and their plans to plunder what remains of the American middle class.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.