10 Ways Leading Dems Are Reacting to the Impending Presidency of Donald Trump

On Wednesday, November 16, Chuck Schumer became the new Senate minority leader and welcomed Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to his Democratic leadership team. Schumer stated that the team “shows we can unite the disparate factions of our party and our country" after a divisive election. However, prominent Democrats' attitudes toward a Trump presidency still vary greatly. While some, like Schumer, believe compromise is likely, others, like Kamala Harris, are preparing their constituents for the dreaded possibility that Trump fulfills his notorious promises. Here's how 10 are approaching a Trump presidency.


1. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

“I want to acknowledge the pain and the fear that people have,” Ellison said. “I myself am an adherent of one of the faith groups that he has identified as a target. But I’m telling you, we have to see through our tears at this moment, dig down into our faith, and really lace up sneakers and really get out there on the streets.” 

2. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

"Last week, Americans picked Donald Trump to be our next president. And since Election Day, we've seen an alarming uptick of hateful acts and rhetoric against racial and religious minorities, and against women. Many of you may feel scared, alone, and worried about the future. But I want you to know that I will always fight for you," Franken said.

3. Housing Secretary Julián Castro

"[Trump] has to recognize the difference between being a president and being a campaigner," Castro said. "There are a lot of folks out there who feel like there's a target on their back, that Donald Trump won't be a president for everyone, and my hope is that he's going to prove that wrong and that he's going to be a president whose vision includes the Latino community and all communities. Because so far during the campaign, he hasn't done anything to show that he would be a president for everybody."

4. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris (D-CA)

“Part of what we have to say is that you are not alone, you matter and we’ve got your back.” Harris said. “This issue of how we are treating our immigrants, and in particular our undocumented immigrants, is one of the most critical issues facing our country. We have yet to see, to be honest with you... I think it’s absolutely unrealistic that we’re going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

5. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

"When you have a president in his campaign who ran saying things that not are just contrary to a fact, but literally threatening to use presidential power in a way that would erode the rights and privileges and equality of large sections of Americans, God bless the protesters," Booker said. "But I will tell you this. I caution anyone who in their protest becomes the very thing that they're protesting against."

6. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

"[Trump's] got a lot of resistance from his own party, but people like me will stand with him on renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement," Brown said. "I am elected to represent the people of Ohio. I will work with him on things we believe in common." 

7. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

“Democrats are committed to finding common ground for hard-working families. But we will stand our ground and strongly oppose attempts by this administration to scapegoat and persecute Americans because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love,” Pelosi said.

8. Sen. minority leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

"We are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans, working with soon-to-be President Trump on issues where we agree, but we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we’ve made is under assault,” Schumer said.

9. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

"I think there are areas where we can work together and my goal is to listen and to find out where common ground lies and then develop and work on legislation there," Gillibrand said. "[Trump] agreed with me that the military does not prosecute sexual assault cases effectively... I agree with that."

10. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

"We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans, on anyone," said Warren. Speaking directly to the President-elect, Warren reminded Trump, "You made numerous promises to the American people in your election campaign, none bigger than the promise to ‘drain the swamp' of Washington D.C. special interests rigged against the middle class. The decisions you make with your transition team will shape the next four years of this nation.

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