The Trumpiest Senate Democrats Emerge In Confirmation Votes

Mark Warner Heidi Heitkamp Joe Donnelly Joe Manchin Jon Tester

Late last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm three more members of Donald Trump’s cabinet. Each one of these new cabinet members exhibit a combination of ignorance, corruption, and bad intent.

Rick Perry has said he wants to destroy the Department of Energy that he now leads. However, just a few weeks ago, Perry made it clear that he doesn’t even understand what the Department of Energy does. Ben Carson has become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development despite the awkward fact that he has absolutely no professional experience either in the area of housing or in the area of urban development. Ryan Zinke has been granted the title of Secretary of the Interior, with power over public lands, but wants to grant private companies special privileges to trash those lands, and doesn’t even believe in the scientifically verified reality that the activities of those same private companies are significantly accelerated global climate change.

Although these incompetent Trump appointees were fervently supported by Republican senators, some Senate Democrats also gave their aid to Trump by voting to confirm these nominees.

Senate Democrats who voted to confirm Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy:

Tom Carper, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, and Mark Warner

Senate Democrats who voted to confirm Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:

Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Mark Warner

Senate Democrats who voted to confirm Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior:

Michael Bennet, Sherrod Brown, Chris Coons, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Joe Donnelly, Martin Heinrich, Heidi Heitkamp, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Chris Murphy, Bill Nelson, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Mark Warner, and Ron Wyden

You’ll notice that some of these names are consistent, while others just pop once or twice. So, we can divide these Democratic senators who helped Donald Trump stock his Cabinet with unworthy appointees into three categories.

Somewhat Trumpy Senate Democrats who voted to confirm one Trump nominee this week:

Michael Bennet, Tom Carper, Chris Coons, Martin Heinrich, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Bill Nelson, and Ron Wyden

Concerningly Trumpy Senate Democrats who voted to confirm two Trump nominees this week:

Sherrod Brown, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Claire McCaskill, and Tom Udall

Extremely Trumpy Senate Democrats who voted to confirm three Trump nominees this week:

Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Mark Warner