Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be Treasury Secretary in his cabinet, has drawn fire from consumer advocates for his tenure as CEO of OneWest Bank, which has earned a reputation for being a “foreclosure machine.”
Among other things, OneWest has been criticized for foreclosing on one 90-year-old woman’s home over a $0.27 payment mistake, and for allegedly engaging in discriminating practices against black and Latino communities.
Now advocacy group Allied Progress has started posting videos of people who say that OneWest wrongfully foreclosed on their homes in an effort to rally opposition to his nomination at Treasury Secretary.
The first video involves a woman named Lisa Fraser, who tells the story of how OneWest foreclosed on her and her late husband, despite the fact that they never had one late payment.
“We had lived in our house for years when John got sick with cancer,” she explains in the video. “Then the bank foreclosed on us. We did everything the bank asked. They lied to us and took our home anyway – after years of on-time payments.”
She said the bank’s foreclosure created tremendous stress for her husband in his final years, as he worried constantly about his wife’s future.
“John spent his last days terrified I’d be homeless, and then they kicked me out right after the funeral,” she said. “Steve Mnuchin ran the bank that committed fraud and took our home.”
Check out the full video below.
‘If you kiss my butt, I will do something for you’: MSNBC commentator slams Trump’s ‘pay-to-play’ pardons
On MSNBC Wednesday, analyst Jason Johnson broke down the self-serving logic of President Donald Trump's pardons.
"These people wrote him from prison, these people had friends asking him questions. Many of these people were connected to the president financially," said Johnson. "And it's the general message that he has, which is that this is a pay-to-play administration. If you kiss my butt, if you give me money, if you make me feel good about myself, if you praise me, if you come up for ridiculous names for yourself 15 minutes after you come out of prison, the I will do something for you."
Trump threatens federal government takeover of San Francisco: ‘It’s worse than a slum’
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the federal government may "step in" to take control of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The president made the remarks at a White House event in Bakersfield, California. During the event, Trump responded to someone who said he wanted to "get rid" of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Get rid of Pelosi! That's okay with me!" Trump exclaimed. "Lot of people agree. Look what's happened to San Francisco. So sad what's happened, when you see a slum, where it's a slum. It's worse than a slum. There's no slum like that."
"It's something that we're going to do something about," he added. "Because if they don't fix it up, clean it up, take care of the homeless, do what they have to do but clean up their city, the federal government is going to have to step in. And we're going to do it in Los Angeles and San Francisco."
Martha McSally is in big trouble after impeachment votes: report
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lost when she ran in 2018, but was given a participation prize by the Republican governor who had to appoint someone to cover Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) seat until it came up for reelection in 2020. Recent polling shows that McSally is in serious trouble.
Highground Public Affairs Consultants published their latest poll showing McSally has fallen significantly after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Going into the impeachment, McSally was polling at 42 percent at PPP polls, RealClearPolitics reported. However, the new data today shows McSally struggling to break 40. Instead, she's hovering around 39 percent, while her opponent, Mark Kelly is at 46 percent.