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Black Leaders Brace To Resist Trump’s Potential Agenda

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have already begun planning how to resist President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda.

As Trump’s inauguration draws closer, various members of the CBC claim that certain parts of Trump’s agenda will be detrimental to the black community, reports Politico.

“The stakes are incredibly high and our community is counting on us as the last line of defense between Donald Trump and the worst of what America could offer,” Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York told Politico.

Congressional Black Caucus members point to Trump’s cabinet picks of Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson and Jeff Sessions as troubling.

DeVos, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, has been a long time advocate for charter schools and school vouchers. (RELATED: These Will Be The Five Biggest Education Issues Of 2017)

Others have criticized Carson as the pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with one member calling him “woefully unqualified.”

“The campaign that we saw over the last 12 months is very frightening,” said  G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the outgoing CBC Chairman, to Politico. “And there’s been no effort on his part to even temper his comments since being elected. It’s going to be very contentious, I suspect, if Mr. Trump even follows through on half of his promises during the campaign.”

Other congressional members are urging the CBC to wait and try to work with Trump. Sen. Tim Scott urged people to give Trump a chance.

“What I say to folks is, ‘Let’s give Mr. Trump a chance. Let’s gauge progress in his administration by what he does,” Scott said in a previous interview.

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