Progressives Say Any Cabinet Post for Rahm Emanuel Is Unacceptable
Progressives are shouting that any cabinet post for Rahm Emanuel – no matter how unobtrusive or obscure the position – is unacceptable when it is reported that President-elect Joe Biden is considering a place in his administration for the left-striker former Chicago mayor, infamous for his role in covering up the police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.
MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) was among the progressive lawmakers who responded with alarm and outrage to new coverage by local newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business, in which Emanuel as a potential US trade agent candidate a “Less Visible.” “Position as the top spot in the transportation department that he reportedly lobbied for behind the scenes.
“What’s so hard to understand? Rahm Emanuel helped cover up Laquan McDonald’s murder. Covering up a murder disqualifies the public leadership, ”Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday. “This is not about the ‘visibility’ of a post. It’s shameful and worrying that he should be considered at all. “
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The New York Democrats’ outright rejection of a cabinet seat for Emanuel – a passionate opponent of progressive political goals – was confirmed by other members of the so-called “Squad”, including one of the newest members of the informal group.
“The thing about covering up the murder of Laquan McDonald is that it will expel you from any public office. Forever, ”tweeted MP Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Whose involvement in campaigns against police violence fueled her decision to run for Congress.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Rep. Elect Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) also spoke out on Twitter:
“Less visible role” doesn’t sound good either.
The people of Chicago said it best.
Should Biden Rahm hire Emanuel? Chicago says, ‘Never! Never! Never!’ https://t.co/2PiqHTYIz8 https://t.co/Vo1fSgPjVm
– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 23, 2020
Rahm Emanuel should not be considered for any position within the Biden administration. https://t.co/OO1t2n1EI9
– Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) November 23, 2020
Given his reputation as an “egomaniac,” some pointed to the possibility that the swirling rumors of a possible cabinet role for Emanuel came from the former Chicago mayor himself, who during his tenure as Obama’s boss did not hesitate to viciously attack and denigrate progressive employees.
“I very much suspect Rahm is making most of this copy himself, and Team Biden is happy to have Rahm hanging around so his other tips will be less scrutinized,” tweeted David Dayen of The American Prospect.
Regardless of the source of the rumors and media coverage, progressives are using their growing numbers in Congress to influence Biden’s cabinet selection and determine that they will not tacitly advocate candidates who are hostile to their popular political agenda.
“Imagine it would be ‘divisive’ for someone other than the man who covered up a murder to head a division or agency,” said MP Mondaire Jones (DN.Y.).
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