Dozens of organizations have formed a coalition to pressure companies not to hire people who have worked for the Trump administration, including former secretary of the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned from her post on Sunday.
“Nielsen’s next stop will be carefully watched,” tweeted Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein ominously:
New statement from @RestoreTrustOrg warns Fortune 500 CEOs and university presidents against hiring Kirsthen Nielsen. “Her resignation represents a dramatic moral test for those at the helm of our country's most influential institutions.” pic.twitter.com/LhCRX21vyf
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) April 8, 2019
A group known as “Restore Public Trust” organized the coalition and released an open letter on Friday urging the blacklisting of 27 current and former Trump administration officials who were involved with President Trump’s border security policies. The letter was sent to the chief executive officers of all Fortune 500 companies, according to Bloomberg.
In addition to Nielsen, the list includes former White House chief of staff John Kelly, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and former DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.
“Children were torn away from their parents and placed in cages,” the letter, signed by 41 groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, states. “The cruelty of the policy was matched only by the incompetence of its execution.”
The officials that “Restore Public Trust” wants to see blacklisted include:
● Matthew Albence, executive associate director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
● Nathalie Asher, acting executive associate director, ICE Operations
● Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services
● Matthew Bassett, assistant secretary for legislation, HHS
● Rachel Brand, former associate attorney general
● Joseph Edlow, deputy attorney general, DOJ
● Eric Hargan, deputy secretary, HHS
● Gene Hamilton, counselor to attorney general, DOJ
● Jonathan Hayes, office of refugee resettlement, HHS
● Thomas Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
● Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary
● Sarah Isgur Flores, former spokesperson, DOJ
● Lynn A. Johnson, assistant secretary for family support, HHS
● John Kelly, former White House chief of staff and secretary of Homeland Security
● Kathy Kraninger, former associate director for government programs, OMB
● Scott Lloyd, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement
● Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
● James McHenry, director of Office of Immigration Review, DOJ
● Stephen Miller, senior advisor to the president
● Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security
● Carla Provost, chief of U.S. Border Patrol
● Jeff Sessions, former U.S. attorney general
● Judy Stecker, assistant secretary for public affairs, HHS
● Jallyn Sualog, deputy director of the office of refugee resettlement, HHS
● Ronald Vitiello, acting director of immigration and customs enforcement
● Steven Wagner, principal deputy assistant secretary for administration for children
and families, HHS
● Maggie Wynne, counselor for human services policy, HHS
The letter states chillingly that the above individuals “should not be allowed to seek refuge in your boardrooms or corner offices. Allowing them to step off of the revolving door and into your welcoming arms should be a non-starter.”
Conspicuously missing from the list are the Obama officials who carried out the same policies at the border.
According to Bloomberg, the blacklist supposedly represents “a shift in strategy” by opponents of President Donald Trump. “Until now, the groups have focused on campaigning against the administration’s actions or staging protests directed at public officials,” Epstein writes.
But in truth, left-wing extremists have been inching toward officially blacklisting political enemies since Trump’s early days in office when they hounded Trump officials out of restaurants and movie theaters.
The group purchased an ad in Sunday’s New York Times that read: “Attention Corporate America: Don’t let hate into your boardroom.”
We're carrying a simple message in today's @nytimes:
Corporate America should not allow administration officials responsible for Trump's family separation policy to seek refuge in their corner offices or boardrooms.#FamiliesBelongTogetherhttps://t.co/J0CZcUpklk pic.twitter.com/KMveqNPb52
— Restore Public Trust (@RestoreTrustOrg) April 7, 2019
Restore Public Trust classifies itself as a “non-partisan public interest group,” but its campaigns are solely directed against Republicans and the Trump administration, according to Influence Watch.
RPT’s board of advisers consists of Democratic Party strategists, operatives, political consultants, and former Obama administration officials. Most are or have been affiliated with other so-called “accountability” organizations that have been launched by the left since President Donald Trump took office
RPT’s executive director Caroline Ciccone is a former director of the left-wing advocacy group Americans United for Change, and a former Obama administration staffer. In 2016, Americans United for Change fired National Field Director Scott Foval after he was caught on camera suggesting that the AUC paid mentally ill and homeless people to instigate violence at Trump campaign events. “We have mentally ill people that we pay to do sh*t — make no mistake,” Foval is heard saying in a Project Veritas video.
The blacklist letter, according to RPT spokesman Karl Frisch, was a warning shot to “corporate America that bringing these people on, allowing them to seek refuge in their offices or at their boardroom tables is simply not going to fly with the American people.” Frisch told Bloomberg that companies “need to think twice about what that will mean for their brand to be associating with somebody who is responsible for one of the most horrific policies this administration put forward and that speaks volumes. Do they want to be famous for this?”
I’d rather be “famous” for trying to instill order at the border under extreme and stressful circumstances than for paying mentally deranged people to start fights at political rallies. But maybe that’s just me.