Desi Wall of Shame
It's been three years since Trump took office, and his Donald Trump's Indian American appointees are still pushing an anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-worker agenda.
They belong on the #DesiWallOfShame.
Learn the issues. Hold them accountable. Work for justice.
Neomi Rao is Trump's "regulatory czar." She killed the Clean Power Plan, censored climate language, and gutted efforts to close the gender pay gap. As a Trump-appointed lifetime federal judgeship, she's already attacked due process and dismissed charges against Michael Flynn.
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Ajit Pai is the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Under his watch, the FCC ended net neutrality, which keeps the internet open, free and accessible to everyone. This harms many communities—including South Asians who rely on multilingual content.
Act now: Restore net neutrality Defend net freedom
Seema Verma is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has publicly mocked attempts to offer Medicaid for All, and defended work mandates that have dropped healthcare coverage for thousands.
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Dimple Shah is the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She has been described as being part of a coalition that takes a “hardline position” on immigration. DHS is responsible for abusive conditions towards women, children, and LGBTQ immigrants placed in detention.
Act now: Expand sanctuary
Nikki Haley is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations. She defended Trump’s Muslim ban and the decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. After clashes in Gaza left hundreds of Palestinians dead, she praised Israel’s “restraint.” During her tenure, the US withdrew from the UN Humans Rights Council. She also affirmed that Palestinian right of return should be “taken off the table” in future peace talks.
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Other Desi Trump appointees include Lathika Mary Thomas (DOJ), Neil Chatterjee (FERC), Uttam Dhillon (DEA), and Asheesh Agarwal (Social Security). And who can forget Raj Shah? Guys, please don't embarrass us.