January 29, 2017 | by Arthur Seaton
Since the election, numerous Democrats have voiced their opposition to President Trump. Rep. Maxine Waters, the flamboyant Democrat from California, has made it clear she had no intention of working with the president. Asked during an interview in Dec. if she would be willing to meet with Trump to try and find some common ground, Waters responded “Oh no, I won’t go. I’m not going to sit down with him. I’m not going to go. I’m not going to pretend. Enough pretending. This business of calling names and lying and retreating on your promises, etc. Why should I trust him to be any different with me?
“No, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe him,” she said. “I have no intentions of sitting down with him. I’m going to fight him every inch of the way, and I’m going to help show the American people that they, too, cannot trust him.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,(N.Y.) has promised to slow-walk everyone of Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Schumer “wants at least two days of hearings for each of these eight nominees” spaced over the course of separate weeks, “with no more than two Cabinet picks sitting for a hearing in the same week.” This would push confirmation votes on at least some nominees into March.
Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin was grilled by the Senate Finance Committee about the false claim that Mnuchin’s company had foreclosed on a 90 year-old woman because she was 27 cents. Democrats failed to fact check the charge, instead attacking him as greedy and criticized him basically for being rich.
Senators assumed the story was true because dozens of left-wing media outlets, including MSNBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Politico and others ran the story without investigating it’s validity. The media weren’t interested in whether the story was true or not, they just want to attack Trump and his cabinet picks.
Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions,(R-Ala.) faced the much the same. Unsubstantiated claims of racism from 1986 were leveled against him from every Democrat on the committee, plus Senators and House members who gave speeches at the hearing.
Last February, Sen. Corey Booker,(D-NJ.) said he felt “blessed and honored to have partnered with Sen. Sessions” in passing legislation that honored civil rights advocates. At Sessions’s confirmation hearing however, Booker told the committee, “Sen. Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requirement of the job — to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights, and justice for all, In fact, at numerous times in his career, he has demonstrated a hostility toward these convictions, and has worked to frustrate attempts to advance these ideals.”
Every confirmation hearing had the same theme: tarnish and smear the reputation of the nominee. Even though Republicans treated Obama’s nominees with respect, confirming 7 on inauguration day, Democrats plan on dragging the confirmations out. If they have to lie about the nominees, it’s alright with them, they don’t possess the morals or grace it takes to lose like grown-ups.