Demonstrating his steadfast commitment to gender equality, President Donald Trump is set to hire a highly competent, immensely qualified reformer in Kathy Kraninger as the new head of his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is standing in her way to score political points with her rabid base.
Warren, nicknamed Pocahontas by President Trump for lying about her racial heritage for her own benefit, demagogued Kraninger’s nomination hearings on the Senate floor and used them to recite falsehoods about immigration enforcement to divide Americans.
“It is a moral stain that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are given a big promotion it will be a stain on the Senators who do it,” she said to Kraninger during a hearing last week.
Kraninger maintained her professionalism while dealing with Pocahontas’ nonsensical ravings.
“It is not appropriate to give my opinion,” Kraninger said.
The entirety of Warren’s disingenuous screed of prepared talking points read off a sheet can be seen here:
.@SenWarren asks @CFPB Nominee about her role & thoughts about Trump administration's child separation policy. Warren concludes exchange "It is fundamentally immoral and you – you were part of it, Ms. Kraninger. It is a moral stain that will follow you for the rest of your life." pic.twitter.com/tZlegMi3je
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 19, 2018
Other Democrats are claiming Kraninger is unqualified despite her experience serving as Associate Director of the OMB, Clerk with the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She has received many awards for her competency following the Sept. 11 attacks in keeping America safe such as the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Award of Exceptional Service, the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Medal, and the Meritorious Public Service Award from the United States Coast Guard.
Despite her established record, Democrats want to keep this strong, qualified woman out of a position of power due to petty partisan politics.
“We want somebody in that job who not only has core competency, but also some empathy,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said.
“You were a significant architect of the Trump administration’s response in Puerto Rico, which was at best botched and incompetent. At worst it reflects the administration’s most insidious views about Hispanic Americans,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said.
“Nobody wants Mr. Mulvaney out of the CFPB faster than I do. But American consumers can’t afford five years of someone who stands with the bankers in this administration and on Wall Street,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said.
Kraninger maintained her poise while being put through the ringer by entrenched politicians, showing that she has the right temperament to lead in this tumultuous political climate. She maintains that she will take “aggressive action against bad actors who break the rules by engaging in fraud and other illegal activity” while being “accountable to the American people for its actions, including its expenditure of resources.”
Despite the hypocritical hackery of certain Democrats, Kraninger is expected to be confirmed as the head of the CFPB. Trump will likely succeed at adding another woman into a position of authority, fostering a culture of female empowerment within his administration.