In from Demand Progress.
How bad is Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin?
This is a guy who once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman over a 27 cent-payment error.1
Another woman was negotiating a payment plan with Mnuchin’s bank only to find the locks changed at her house … in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard.2
And these are hardly isolated incidents—Mnuchin’s bank, OneWest, foreclosed on 36,000 homes using tactics a federal judge called “harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive.”
If we can get the truth out about Mnuchin, we can stop his confirmation. So we’re aiming to raise at least $10,000 for TV ads to alert the public about how bad Mnuchin is.
We’ll target the ads at key swing states and in states where the foreclosure crisis hit the hardest, the more we raise, the more places the ad can run. And if we’re not able to raise enough money to fund a TV ad, we’ll use it to mobilize grassroots support other ways, like generating phone calls to the Senate.
A lot of people already know that Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs for 17 years. But people don’t know that Mnuchin later ran a bank that was called a foreclosure machine. And when people do learn the truth, they’re outraged.
n fact, even Trump voters are feeling betrayed by the Mnuchin pick. One Trump voter Mnuchin foreclosed on says “I just wish that I had not voted.”3
By getting the truth of Mnuchin’s record in front of voters, we have a real chance to stop him. Political insiders are already saying the confirmation will be “bruising” and could be one of the most difficult of Trump’s nominees to pass the Senate.
1. Trump’s Cabinet Pick Foreclosed On 90-Year-Old Over 27 Cents, Yahoo! News, December 1, 2016
2. Trump Picks Foreclosure King Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, The Daily Beast, November 29, 2016
3. Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary, Associated Press, December 2, 2016
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