It's more than just a cute name.
If you have been following Trump's presidency and all of the crazed words that come out of his mouth (or fingers) then I am sure you are aware of the many lies he has told (unless you are a Fox News advocate). Sometimes it seems hard to differentiate what is true and not anymore, especially when he denounces any liberal-leaning media (or any media that does not agree with him) as "fake news." Not only is this unacceptable and childish, it is actually quite authoritarian of him. In order to hold him accountable, 18 progressive leaders have banded together to create a Twitter account and website that accurately and effectively debunk every lie that Donald Trump and his administration tells, using facts and figures as proof. They are known as the Shadow Cabinet, and they are our heroes. These leaders, however, do not consider themselves heroes. Instead, they describe themselves as "scholars, advocates and former public officials" who dedicate their time to explain Trump's twist on words, to suggest alternatives to his radical ways, and to explain why his constant degradation of the media and government is leading toward an authoritarian regime.
Some may wonder, what exactly is a Shadow Cabinet? No, it isn't just a cute name to describe a group of people determined to "shadow" everything Trump and his administration does. Actually, the concept originated in the UK where the Opposition team--the losing team of politicians in a general election--scrutinize and challenge the government's policies. The point is to hold the current administration accountable while also providing backup policies and platforms as a ready-made alternative government.
The U.S. Shadow Cabinet, however, has no role in Congress and no formal links to the Democratic Party. Even though they do not have the chance to present itself as an alternative government like the UK, it is their hope that they gain enough momentum to shift the discourse in this country and have some impact within our Democracy. For them, that means providing fact-oriented truth to the people.
Each member of the Shadow Cabinet represents and mimics a department within the White House cabinet, where they are responsible for revealing the truth behind each action taken by a Trump admin. Some of these positions include Citizen Attorney General, Citizen Secretary of Labor/Commerce, Citizen Secretary of Education, Citizen Secretary of Defense, and Citizen Secretary of State--just to name a few. Each time the President and/or his administration takes executive action, tries to defund a department of government, or pull out of important agreements, the Shadow Cabinet is there to accurately describe why it is bad, how it will impact the country, and how to fix it. Take, for example, what Citizen Attorney General Laurence Tribe said in the Tweet below. He is showing the country what it means for the President of the United States to maintain ownership with his "global business empire." Visit here to read Laurence's in-depth discussion about Trump's connections with his Towers. With Trump & Co. still associated with his business, what does this mean for the rest of the country?
Overall, the Shadow Cabinet is dedicated to keeping the public informed and to holding the president accountable. If you are interested in being kept up-to-date and informed about the truth regarding our country, democracy, and the world then please follow the Shadow Cabinet on Twitter and visit their website today. And, if you are feeling very generous, please donate to this non-profit organization. We need our modern day "Justice League" to keep holding the Trump administration accountable and to keep feeding the public valuable and truthful information. That means they need the money and resources to do so.
Proud Millennial, D.C. resident, and a firm believer in equity for all.
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