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'Shameful': Progressives are angry Biden is considering a Cabinet post for Rahm Emanuel despite his handling of the police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager

11/25/2020 1:24:00 AM

'Shameful': Progressives are angry Biden is considering a Cabinet post for Rahm Emanuel despite his handling of the police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager

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As the furor grew,Crain's Chicago Business reportedthat Emanuel is being considered for US Trade Representative, a lower-profile government role."It is shameful and concerning that he is even being considered," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, adding, "This is not about the 'visibility' of a post."

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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly under consideration to serve in President Joe Biden's administration, a development that has angered many progressive Democrats and could inflame relationships with incoming Black lawmakers.

On November 19,CNN reportedthat Emanuel's name was being floated for Secretary of Transportation, a Cabinet position that would put him back in the nexus of political power. He served as a White House senior advisor to then-President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998, as an Illinois congressman from 2003 to 2009, and as White House chief of staff to then-President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010.

However, Emanuel's tenure as Chicago's mayor, specificallyhis handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting, has caused consternation among many Democrats.In 2014, McDonald, a 17-year-old Black teenager, was shot and killed by law enforcement as he walked away from police officers on a Chicago street. He was unarmed.

Amid growing backlash to Emanuel's consideration,that the Biden team recalibrated their original thinking and would pivot his name to the lower-profile role of US Trade Representative. Both of the positions would require Senate confirmation.'Covering up a murder is disqualifying for public leadership'

A group of progressive legislators, from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to Reps.-elect Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones, also of New York, tore into Emanuel being regarded for any role in the administration."What is so hard to understand about this?"

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. Covering up a murder is disqualifying for public leadership. This is not about the 'visibility' of a post. It is shameful and concerning that he is even being considered."

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—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)She added: "It is also a truly embarrassing indictment of what's considered 'center' politics in the US that objecting to the appointment of an official who helped cover up the murder of a Black child is deemed the 'progressive, far left' position."

Bowman, a longtime educator who defeated longtime Democratic congressman Eliot Engel in a party primary earlier this year,of Emanuel."Rahm Emanuel should not be considered for any position within the Biden administration," he tweeted.Jones, a 33-year-old attorney who will soon represent many of New York City's northern suburbs, also expressed personal disappointment in Emanuel's possible political return.

"Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, while he was Mayor of Chicago,". "That he's being considered for a cabinet position is completely outrageous and, honestly, very hurtful." Read more: Business Insider »

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Rahm Emanuel is one of the main engine that pilots the democrats party, he helped seriously pioneer President Obama from Chicago to the White House. JoeBide needs his ingenious political knowledge for assistance. Or keep him politically busy. They could care less about black men. They just want the position to go to someone else

Only persons saying this were rahm & bunch of progressive shit disturbers, but carry on..