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Rahm Emanuel had a very bad day Tuesday, thanks to RootsAction supporters. We initiated a joint statement of more than two dozen organizations that received strong coverage in media outlets ranging from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune to Common Dreams.

Now we need to follow up by communicating directly with our senators, who would be asked to confirm Emanuel if -- as now under serious consideration at the White House -- President Biden nominates him to be the U.S. ambassador to China or Japan.

As our statement makes clear (you can read it via the link listed under Background below), Emanuel would be a terrible choice for ambassador to any country.

If you haven’t sent emails to your senators yet -- or if you didn’t get an answer when you did -- there’s no time like the present to urge them to make clear that they won’t vote to confirm Emanuel if the president makes the mistake of nominating him to a top diplomatic post.

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Working in Bill Clinton’s White House, Emanuel fought for the NAFTA trade deal, the mass incarceration-oriented 1994 crime bill, harsh barriers to immigration and the punitive 1996 “welfare reform” law. Later, as a member of Congress, Emanuel supported the Iraq invasion and defended the U.S. occupation of that country.

After being elected mayor of Chicago in 2011, Emanuel waged an intensive war on the teachers’ union and made history by closing 49 public schools, many in black neighborhoods.

In a tough re-election campaign in 2015, Emanuel very likely would have lost the election except for the fact that for 13 months his administration suppressed a horrific dashcam video showing the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, an African American who’d been shot 16 times by a police officer as he walked away from the officer.

When it was reported last November that Biden was considering him for a cabinet post, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. Covering up a murder is disqualifying for public leadership.”

Please take a minute now to tell President Biden and both your senators that “Ambassador Rahm Emanuel” is a terrible idea.

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>>  “Statement: Coalition Opposes Rahm Emanuel for Ambassador Post”
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>>  Common Dreams: “Progressives to Biden: No Ambassadorship for ‘Ladder-Climbing Hack’ Rahm Emanuel”
>>  Wall Street Journal: “Progressives Oppose Rahm Emanuel Ambassadorship”


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