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15 Democrats Are Backing Trump’s Swamp Cabinet

What happened to the “Resistance”?


Democrats and Republicans in Congress voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao with a 93 – 6 vote. Chao became the fifth Trump nominee to be confirmed by the Senate.

Democratic leaders, who vowed to “resist” Trump’s administration and fight him in every step of the way, are nowhere to be found. 15 members of Congress, representing a quarter of the Democratic caucus, led by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-CA), sided with the Republicans and approved each of the five Trump nominees so far.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) also ripped Trump’s proposed administration two weeks ago, saying that President Trump “is setting up a ‘swamp cabinet.‘” He further stated:

Now, I know with a swamp Cabinet — bankers, billionaires, more wealth, more potential conflicts of interest, more positions way far over from what the American people want — I know why our Republican colleagues want to rush these nominees through. But let me reiterate: They will have tremendous power over the lives of average Americans.

Schumer’s votes, nevertheless, show that the Sen. Schumer may not mind Trump’s swamp cabinet after all! The Democratic leader has already approved four of the five nominees so far, with Chao being the only exception.

While we don’t endorse the idea of “blind opposition” for the sake of political theater, as explained in this op-ed, it’s still shocking that a significant number of Democrats are falling in line and confirming every candidate Trump nominated. Most shocking is the fact that these Democrats voted to approve the nomination of Rep. Mike Pompeo for Director of CIA, who supports reinstating the collection of bulk metadata and calls for “a fundamental upgrade to America’s surveillance capabilities” on citizens. It’s worth noting that Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against Pompeo.

Only seven members of the “Resistance Party” are resisting Trump’s cabinet. Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) is leading the pack rejecting four of Trump’s nominees. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Tom Udall (D-NM) rejected three of Trump’s nominees.

The table below shows how each member of Congress voted to confirm Trump’s nominees:

PartySenatorVoteSeat UpSecretary Of DefenseSecretary Of Homeland SecurityCentral Intelligence Agency DirectorAmbassador To The United NationsSecretary Of Transportation
James MattisJohn KellyMike PompeoNikki HaleyElaine Chao
98 – 188 – 1166 – 3296 – 493 – 6
Democrats / Independents
DemocraticTim Kaine (D-VA)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticAmy Klobuchar (D-MN)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticJoe Donnelly (D-IN)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticDianne Feinstein (D-CA)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticMaggie Hassan (D-NH)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticHeidi Heitkamp (D-ND)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticJoe Manchin (D-WV)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticClaire McCaskill (D-MO)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticJack Reed (D-RI)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticBrian Schatz (D-HI)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticJeanne Shaheen (D-NH)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticMark Warner (D-VA)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticSheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
IndependentAngus King (I-ME)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
DemocraticChris Murphy (D-CT)4 – 0 – 12018YesYesNAYesYes
DemocraticChuck Schumer (D-NY)4 – 12022YesYesYesYesNo
DemocraticSherrod Brown (D-OH)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticTammy Baldwin (D-WI)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticMichael Bennet (D-CO)4 – 12022YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticMaria Cantwell (D-WA)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticBen Cardin (D-MD)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticTom Carper (D-DE)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticBob Casey Jr. (D-PA)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticTammy Duckworth (D-IL)4 – 12022YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticDick Durbin (D-IL)4 – 12020YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticAl Franken (D-MN)4 – 12020YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticMazie Hirono (D-HI)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticPatrick Leahy (D-VT)4 – 12022YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticEd Markey (D-MA)4 – 12020YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticBob Menendez (D-NJ)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticPatty Murray (D-WA)4 – 12022YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticBill Nelson (D-FL)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticGary Peters (D-MI)4 – 12020YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticDebbie Stabenow (D-MI)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticJon Tester (D-MT)4 – 12018YesYesNoYesYes
DemocraticRichard Blumenthal (D-CT)3 – 1 – 12022YesNoNAYesYes
DemocraticChris Coons (D-DE)3 – 22020YesYesNoNoYes
DemocraticCatherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)3 – 22022YesNoNoYesYes
DemocraticKamala Harris (D-CA)3 – 22022YesNoNoYesYes
DemocraticChris Van Hollen (D-MD)3 – 22022YesNoNoYesYes
DemocraticRon Wyden (D-OR)3 – 22022YesNoNoYesYes
IndependentBernie Sanders (I-VT)2 – 32018YesYesNoNoNo
DemocraticElizabeth Warren (D-MA)2 – 32018YesNoNoYesNo
DemocraticJeff Merkley (D-OR)2 – 32020YesNoNoYesNo
DemocraticCory Booker (D-NJ)2 – 32020YesNoNoYesNo
DemocraticMartin Heinrich (D-NM)2 – 32018YesNoNoNoYes
DemocraticTom Udall (D-NM)2 – 32020YesNoNoNoYes
DemocraticKirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)1 – 42018NoNoNoYesNo
RepublicanRand Paul (R-KY)4 – 12022YesYesNoYesYes
RepublicanMitch McConnell (R-KY)4 – 02020YesYesYesYesPresent
RepublicanLamar Alexander (R-TN)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn Barrasso (R-WY)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanRoy Blunt (R-MO)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn Boozman (R-AR)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanRichard Burr (R-NC)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanShelley Moore Capito (R-WV)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanBill Cassidy (R-LA)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanThad Cochran (R-MS)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanSusan Collins (R-ME)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanBob Corker (R-TN)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn Cornyn (R-TX)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanTom Cotton (R-AR)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanMike Crapo (R-ID)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanTed Cruz (R-TX)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanSteve Daines (R-MT)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanMike Enzi (R-WY)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJoni Ernst (R-IA)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanDeb Fischer (R-NE)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJeff Flake (R-AZ)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanCory Gardner (R-CO)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanLindsey Graham (R-SC)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanChuck Grassley (R-IA)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanOrrin Hatch (R-UT)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanDean Heller (R-NV)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn Hoeven (R-ND)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJim Inhofe (R-OK)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohnny Isakson (R-GA)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanRon Johnson (R-WI)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJames Lankford (R-OK)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanMike Lee (R-UT)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn McCain (R-AZ)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJerry Moran (R-KS)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanLisa Murkowski (R-AK)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn N. Kennedy (R-LA)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanDavid Perdue (R-GA)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanRob Portman (R-OH)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJim Risch (R-ID)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanPat Roberts (R-KS)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanMike Rounds (R-SD)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanMarco Rubio (R-FL)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanBen Sasse (R-NE)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanTim Scott (R-SC)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJeff Sessions (R-AL)3 – 0 – 22020NANAYesYesYes
RepublicanRichard Shelby (R-AL)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanDan Sullivan (R-AK)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanJohn Thune (R-SD)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanThom Tillis (R-NC)5 – 02020YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanPat Toomey (R-PA)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanRoger Wicker (R-MS)5 – 02018YesYesYesYesYes
RepublicanTodd Young (R-IN)5 – 02022YesYesYesYesYes

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

Written by Salam Morcos

Salam Morcos is a Managing Editor of Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

Political activist for democracy, social justice, racial justice, women's right and human rights.

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15 Democrats Are Backing Trump’s Swamp Cabinet