Trump Voter Filled With Regret; New Treasury Secretary Had Foreclosed On Her Home
‘I Just Wish That I Had Not Voted’ Says Voter Foreclosed On By Steve Mnuchin
The swamp isn’t getting drained, folks. Quite the contrary: it’s getting deeper. And the millions of Americans who turned out to make Donald Trump the President-Elect are finally waking up to the cold reality: they’ve been hoodwinked. As the transition dredges through its third week, those voters are beginning to vocalize their extreme regret. While the first signs of dismay came following Trump’s reversal on his petty and unrealistic pledge to “Lock Her Up”, the second wave of disappointment is more personal. It has become abundantly clear what type of people Trump will surround himself with. And to a California woman foreclosed on by Treasury Secretary-Designate Steve Mnuchin, it’s simply heartbreaking.
The Associated Press spoke with the former homeowner, Teena Colebrook, about the appointment:
When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.
She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C. And she knew Trump’s pick for Treasury – Steven Mnuchin – all too well.
OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.
“I just wish that I had not voted,” said Colebrook, 59. “I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in.”
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Jeff Sessions will be a clear and present danger to civil rights protections if confirmed as Attorney General. Betsy DeVos would be as lethal to public schools if allowed to oversee the Department of Education. White nationalism now has a front row seat in American policy. It’s hard to single out Mnuchin as the most “deplorable” nomination or appointment to date. Yet he’s obviously on par with the worst of them. The Guardian recently examined his background in-depth, and it hardly coexists with the economic populism Trump pushed at his campaign rallies:
Mnuchin, who is also a Hollywood movie producer, earned the nickname “foreclosure king” after he purchased distressed mortgages during the financial crisis and evicted thousands of homeowners.
The former Goldman Sachs banker, worth an estimated $40m, has no government experience, and critics worry that, as Treasury secretary, his policies could benefit the wealthiest people and roll back critical bank regulations.
Sugarcoating is no longer possible at this point: Trump voters were played like a fiddle. Is one to believe someone like Mnuchin has the best interests of working families at heart? Does the fine print of the Carrier deal inspire any confidence that the economic playing field will be leveled? Had Trump taken to the stage in September and told the nation “And I will nominate The Foreclosure King to run the Treasury”, do you think he’d have carried Pennsylvania? Ohio? Michigan? If he was that upfront about his intentions, he probably wouldn’t have even carried Alabama.
You can speak to the millions of people like Teena Colbrooke and find out exactly what the outcome would have been.
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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)