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Neera Tanden: Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Are ‘Bad People’

On Monday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held a discussion on “How Progressives Can Defend the Working Class in the Trump Era.”

The event included a Q&A with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and CAP President Neera Tanden. Sargent asked Tanden about Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks and voters not buying the argument that a nominee’s corporate connections predict his or her priorities as a department head.

“People do not seem to be broadly swelling in support of this Cabinet he is assembling, and I think that’s the role of organizations like ours to point out not just that you know they are bad people, but what they will do and what it means in the lives of real people and real families,” Tanden told Sargent.

Tanden’s statement to Sargent seems to suggest that CAP will be targeting Trump’s Cabinet picks not based on policy but because CAP believes that they are “bad people.” Tanden’s reasoning for why Trump’s nominees are “bad people” appears to be based solely on them possessing a different value set from Tanden.