Rahm Emanuel has been a constant in the Democratic presidential administration since serving as Bill Clinton’s neoliberal “rhambo” in the 1990s, and now he would love to join the Biden administration. Emanuel was initially touted as a potential cabinet member, perhaps as Minister of Transport. Or even as a US sales agent. This did not come after fierce opposition to Emanuel’s potential nomination surfaced among progressives nationally, and particularly in Chicago, where he had been plagued by scandals for eight years as mayor. He is now aspiring to an important diplomatic post, despite a well-documented record of clearly undiplomatic conduct. There is talk of plummeting the former Clinton and Obama administrations Ambassador in Beijing or Tokyo.
That would be a very bad idea. At a time when trade unions, environmental groups and human rights organizations have emphasized the need for international solidarity in the face of the overwhelming challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn, Emanuel remains an advocate of failed free trade policies, workers and communities across the United States and countries has harmed all over the world. Putting the fixer aligned on Wall Street, Lori Wallach, director of Public Trade Citizen Global Trade Watch describes as “Corporate Hack Extraordinaire” in a position in which he was able to influence US trade policy with China again. Japan or other countries would be “catastrophic“For human rights, labor rights and environmental justice.
“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Rahm Emanuel is a ladder-climbing hacker unable to serve anywhere in the Biden administration.” says Assistant Director of Popular Actions, Bree Carlson.
This is a blunt assessment, but one that is widespread.
The rejection of an Emanuel nomination for a post was mainly focused on his track record from 2011-19 in Chicago, where he won the label “Mayor 1%. “The details of his tenure are more than sufficient to exclude him from the exam. “As the former mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel showed us that he is not a leader in principle or a person,” argued NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “His time in public service has been fraught with avoidable scandals and leaving Chicago’s most vulnerable community. How can we expect it to do better at the federal level? His actions and approach to government are detrimental to the Biden government and, most importantly, the American people. “Just last week, more than two dozen groups – including People’s Action, Progressive Democrats of America, the Working Families Party, RootsAction.org and Black Youth Project 100 – issued a statement against being nominated as Ambassador for Emanuel. what they insist on::