Women in the United States have become increasingly politically active is recent years, running for public offices and making their voices heard throughout the country. Trump and his administration for years now have attempted to stifle the women of this country by either paying them off or verbally attacking them, attempting to scare them into submission. However, the 28 women of this article have a lot to say and will not be silenced, having fought hard to get where they are, proving to the American people they will stop at nothing to see Trump and his followers running for the hills. Here are the 28 women in politics right now who have Trump running scared.
28. Arianna Huffington
A lifelong author, journalist, and entrepreneur, Arianna Huffington was a founding member of The Huffington Post (now branded “HuffPost”) and became editor-in-chief of the website after being acquired by AOL in 2011. As of 2019, HuffPost is currently ranked first in site traffic among competing political news sites and is remarkably anti-Trump, publishing hard-hitting journalism against the current administration in article after article.
Despite departing from her position in 2016, Huffington’s foundations for the news site are still solid and make up the core of journalism found on the site.
Huffington is also a proponent of what she calls “The Third Women’s Revolution,” a feminist-led initiative to bring about greater work-life balance from a patriarchal-designed working culture. Trump’s history of sexually harassing, abusing, and insulting women should have him running scared from Huffington as she has the potential to lead the next great social change of the first world.
27. Hillary Clinton
Sure, Clinton lost the election, but that doesn’t mean she’s done with Trump yet. Since her defeat, Clinton has been busy organizing a new political action committee (PAC) devoted to funding and support exclusively progressive groups that in turn funded candidates for public office. In the 2018 midterm elections, Onward Together helped elect candidates across the country.
Clinton has made it clear she will never again run for a public office, including the office of President. Instead, it will be from her organization that the former first lady will trample hate and bigotry. Clinton is fostering a new generation of Democrats and fellow progressives to tackle Trump and his ideology in the coming years, and liberals everywhere are eager to see the fruits of her labor.
26. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, cited as the most powerful woman in the world as she is the de-facto leader of the European Union and, since the ascension of Trump to the office of presidency, has been credited as being the new leader of the free world by political commentators.
As if that sting to Trump’s pride isn’t enough, Merkel directly criticized the president back in February responding to Trump’s rhetoric against the German automotive industry. The president stated that German cars are a “threat to national security,” despite the fact that a large portion of German automotive manufacturing is conducted within the US, employing thousands of Americans, a fact that Merkel pointed out in her speech at the Munich Security Conference.
Merkel has been a staunch opponent to the resurgence of right-wing nationalism across Europe and a critic of Trump since the president took office and will continue to be so until her final term as Chancellor comes up in 2021.
25. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is a world-wide icon, being one of the most successful philanthropists of all time, and is an icon of propelling social change. Politically, she was instrumental in getting Barack Obama elected as she endorsed the would-be president in the primary election, the first political endorsement she ever made. It is estimated that she ultimately helped Obama gain an additional 1.6 million votes he otherwise would not have had, winning him the popular vote and thus the nomination by the party over Hillary Clinton, and the rest is history.
Since then, Oprah herself has been told she’d be an ideal candidate for public office, being offered Obama’s former senator seat in Illinois and later was called to run for President. She shut down all discussion, however, stating she doesn’t think she’s cut out for holding a public office. Trump in the future will have to watch out for Oprah as her endorsements could swing the vote in favor of his opponent just so, just as Obama did back in 2008.
24. Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama was famously former first lady, but many have speculated she may run for president in 2020 or perhaps even 2024 with many Democrats, progressives, and the like calling for her to throw her hat in the ring. However, when speaking with Jimmy Kimmel on his talk show, she stated plainly “I’ve never had any serious conversations with anyone about (running for office) because it’s not something I’m interested in or would ever do. Ever.”
Despite unwilling to challenge Trump directly, Obama has gone on record criticizing the president and charging that the White House is now steeped in fear in direct contrast to her husband’s leadership. Obama also directly supports progressive candidates for public office, having supported Hillary Clinton in her presidential run in 2016 alongside her husband. Any candidate who finds themselves being supported by an Obama are an assured challenger to Trump’s regime, and that support will be crucial in the coming years and the 2020 presidential elections.
23. Mikie Sherrill
Mikie Sherill is a Democrat and House Representative from New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, having won her seat in the 2018 midterm election, and the first Democrat to do so since 1984. The win was historic as Sherill had managed to raise $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, an amount that broke the record for most money raised for a New Jersey house candidate in a single quarter. She also managed to defeat her opponent, Republican nominee Jay Webber, by a hefty margin and resulted in the largest marginal vote swing in the entire 2018 election cycle, a 33% swing toward Sherill over Webber.
Sherill’s victory is a testament to the mindset of the nation; the general population is sick of Trump and the circus that is the Republican controlled Congress and desire a return to sane, practical policy for the nation.
So far in 2019, Sherill joined the New Democrat and Blue Dog coalitions, organizing herself alongside her fellow Congressional freshmen to reign in Trump and his lackeys on Capital Hill.
22. Katy Tur
Katy Tur is an author and journalist for NBC news who was given the task of informing the Trump campaign about the Access Hollywood tape revealing Trumps horrid comments made towards women alongside NBC’s Billy Bush, the then co-host of The Today Show. After the story broke, Tur became the subject of direct attacks by Trump, singling her out in his attacks made against the media in his numerous political rallies, leading to threats made against her and other harassment from Trump’s base.
When backed into a corner, it’s obvious Trump’s only tactics are to claim none of it is true and to directly attack the people who know the real story, showing just how scared he was of Tur and real journalism. Tur showed true bravery when faced with such vile individuals, including Trump and his supporters. Despite all he and his people said and threatened to do to her, she persisted and employed cutting edge journalistic tactics coupled with hard hitting evidence and facts to continue delivering the kind of journalism we should all be supporting.
Tur’s persistence as a journalist earned her the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2017 and she later wrote a book titled “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History”, which recounted her experiences in covering Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
21. Deb Haaland
Deb Haaland is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, former attorney, and now politician representing New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. She is, alongside Sharice Davis, one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress. Haaland is a die-hard Democrat and she showed her support for her party by traveling to Capital Hill in mid 2018 to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and was a key speaker at the “Stop Bett Kavanaugh Rally.”
On January 9th, 2019, amidst the chaos that was the Trump instigated partial government shutdown, Haaland became the first Native American woman to preside over the House of Representatives. She spoke directly to President Trump and his lackey Mitch McConnell in the Senate, stating “The crisis is not along our southern border. The real crisis is getting people back to work.”
It is clear Haaland will continue to fight staunchly against Trump and his administration for her next two years in office and perhaps beyond 2020 if need be, proving herself to be a fighter through and through that will never back down, as is expected of her proud Native American heritage.
20. Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow is a television host of her own show on MSNBC titled “The Rachel Maddow Show” and is a long-time critic of conservatism and the Republican party. Maddow is the first openly-gay host of a primetime news program in the US and has a long track record of being a champion for civil rights and social justice.
Maddow has been a natural critic of Trump since he launched his campaign in 2015 and has been extensively interested in covering Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between key Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Maddow has also made the suggestion that Russian collusion has continued beyond the 2016 Presidential election, citing Wikileaks’ reports on top secret CIA technology that exposes foreign governments, like Russia, to the methods operatives use to obtain information on threats to the US and her interests.
Maddow also displayed two documents from Trump’s 2005 tax return on air that showed how much Trump payed in federal taxes that year as well as the total income, echoing White House statements regarding is annual income and total paid taxes. The mystery surrounding Trump’s tax returns continues, however, as Trump still hasn’t released his most recent and relevant tax return documents that may show possible incrimination for collusion or other illegal and potentially treasonous acts against the US.
19. Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters is a Congressional senior out of California, having served in the House of Representatives since 1991 and is currently in her 15th term of service.
Being a veteran of the House, Waters has been an opponent to Republicans for much of her political career, taking on the late George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and now Trump administrations. Waters also has a proven track record of taking on dangerous populists like the Tea Party, stating that “this is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘Tea Party’ can go straight to Hell … and I intend to help them get there.”
Waters also vowed to Trump following the Democratic takeover of the House in the 2018 midterm elections that Democrats would “get your tax returns.” Waters is the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, and thus has the power to subpoena Trump’s personal tax returns and bring in bank executives for investigations against the President. The representative has since found a connection between former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Deutsche Bank that may indicate criminal activity concerning money laundering.
18. Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams is a former state congresswoman from Georgia, serving as the minority leader in the Georgia state legislature for 6 years, and ran against and was defeated by now Governor Brian Kemp in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial elections.
Despite Abrams’ loss, she was selected by the democrats to speak in rebuttal against Trump’s State of the Union address, and is the first African-American woman to deliver such a response as well as the first not-officeholding person to do so. Abrams has hinted she will run for the Senate seat against Republican incumbent David Perdue in 2020, or another possible run for the governorship in 2022. Her supporters have urged her to run for president in 2020 or 2024 and she has not stated her intentions one way or the other.
Abrams has proven to be a long-term threat to Trump, his base, and the Republican establishment, proving herself as a proven leader and strong speaker that can challenge Southern Republican hegemony in the years ahead.
17. Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is most notably an author, entrepreneur, and activist who has appeared on multiple primetime and daytime shows promoting her works such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Williamson in 2014 ran for a California congressional House seat, but was defeated handily, placing 4th out of 16 candidates.
Williamson has since decided to run for president in the 2020 election and has ambitious goals for America, namely to support the proposed Green New Deal, institute Medicare For All, proclaim a $15 national minimum wage, among other ideas. She vows to stand up to Trump and his racist, populist policies and restore confidence in American democracy. Talk like that should scare any would-be demagogue.
16. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano is foremost an actress, having taken on memorable roles on popular television shows such as “My Name is Earl,” “Mistresses,” “Melrose Place,” as well as many other films and broadcasts. However, Milano has also been a staunch activist and assists heavily with canvassing and campaigning on behalf of the Democratic party, having endorsed candidate Bernie Sanders and later Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Milano is also credited with reviving the #MeToo movement following the fallout of sexual misconduct allegations against director Harvey Weinstein which in turn sparked the “Weinstein Effect,” which resulted in numerous famous public figures to be outed as sexual abusers of women, including President Trump. Due to her influence on the #MeToo movement and both political and Hollywood connections, Milano poses a large threat to Trump in the coming years.
15. Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren is a US Senator from Massachusetts and is one of the early leading candidates for the 2020 Presidential Elections. Warren is a staunch opponent to Wall Street and big business, sporting a track record of sponsoring and proposing legislation that would re-enforce Glass-Steagall as well as regulate corporations and big banks alike.
Warren has been an opponent to and a critic of Trump since his candidacy in the 2016 Presidential Elections and has many times labeled him “a loser” who “kept his father’s empire afloat by cheating people.” Trump famously fired back at Warren, calling her “Pocahontas” over Warren’s supposed Native-American ancestry, highlighting Trump’s divisive and racist rhetoric and only validating Warren’s and like minded Americans’ thoughts on the president.
14. Linda Sanchez
Linda Sanchez is a Representative from California and serves on the Ways and Means committee. After the 2018 Midterm elections, the Democrats are in complete control of the House and thus the committee, allowing Sanchez and the Democrats to have a great deal of control over future tax reforms and tariffs, two things Trump loves to mess up very much by cutting taxes for the richest Americans and waging a losing trade war with China.
Sanchez has also stated she and her committee are also looking into acquiring Trump’s tax returns and determining if Trump “is personally benefiting himself at the expense of the public trust” which could open the door to another possible House investigation against Trump and possible impeachment if sufficient evidence is found.
13. Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand is a congressional senator from New York and has a long track record of supporting the gay community by sponsoring the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act.” She also helped pass a bill that would see first responders on 9/11 receive financial aide and free health monitoring from the federal government.
Gillibrand is a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement and criticized then senator Al Franken when he allegedly groped and violated several women over the years which lead to his resignation in early 2018. Gillibrand was also the subject of a Twitter attack made by Trump, the president claiming she is “someone who would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them)” prompting a response from the senator, stating “you cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.” Trump did not pursue Gillibrand further.
Gillibrand officially announced she is running for President in 2020 and has made the bold move of planning to speak at the Trump International Hotel in New York City, supposedly planning to criticize the president and outline her platform for president.
12. Jennifer Wexton
Jenifer Wexton is a congresswoman out of Virginia who is a proponent for DC statehood and advocates for the advancement of LGBTQ rights as she is the aunt of a transgender child. She is considered a house freshman, however she has already opposed the President on 17 issues and has called for a provision requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
Wexton was also appointed to the House Judiciary Committee and has since called for a myriad of documents to be released by Trump and his associates to investigate possible abuses of executive power, expose instances of public corruption, and find evidence of obstruction of justice. The Judiciary Committee also has the power to impeach the president, and if called upon to do so, Wexton will most certainly pull the plug on the Trump fiasco. Trump should be very afraid of Wexton and the committee as it could spell disaster for his presidency even before the 2020 elections really begin.
11. Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota and has been serving her state since 2006. She is known as a “rising star” within the democratic party for successfully passing the most legislation of any other senator, and is riding that status to the polls in 2020 as she has announced her candidacy in the 2020 Presidential elections.
In 2017, Klobuchar called for a bipartisan commission to investigate possible ties between Trump and Russia. She was also highly critical of then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, asking him if he’d ever experienced memory loss from consuming alcohol, to which Brett heatedly responded and later apologized for.
Klobuchar is the type of no-nonsense, hard-hitting politician we should be supporting, asking the real questions in Congress and actually getting work done by passing much needed legislation. This is all on top of her pursuit of Trump, seeking answers to the public’s questions regarding the president’s shadiness around Russia.
10. Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard is a House rep from Hawaii and is the first Somoan-American as well as the first Hindu member of Congress, bringing some much needed diversity to the legislature. She endorsed senator Bernie Sanders for president in 2016 despite urges form her constituents to run herself, but has since decided to run in the 2020 Presidential election.
Gabbard since her ascension to Congress has been very critical of US foreign policy, stating that talks between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will ultimately never work, stating “”We can’t expect Kim to believe that we won’t overthrow him if he gives up his nukes, when he sees us threaten to carry out regime-change war in Iran and Venezuela.” It’s no surprise then that Gabbard has been described as running on an “anti-interventionist” platform.
All-in-all, Gabbard is a tough woman with a no-nonsense attitude that is highly critical of Trump and his foreign endeavors, and she will make that very clear in the years ahead.
9. Jahanna Hayes
Jahanna Hayes is a House representative from Connecticut, being the first African-American woman to represent her state on the national level. She has famously gone on record as calling Trump a “psycho” and that it will be the millennials and women among others who will restore the public faith in the government, her being among them.
Hayes is also very open about suspending and/or impeaching the president should the time come for it. In an NBC Conneticut interview, Hayes stated “I am not trying to do any harm to the president, I am trying to preserve the office of the president” and that if anything were to come from the Mueller investigation that would incriminate Trump, she stated “I have the responsibility to act. That’s what the people elected me for.”
8. Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein is a congressional Senator from California and, if she serves her latest term to completion, will become the longest serving woman senator in US history. She is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein successfully managed to pass an assault weapons ban in 1994, however the law expired ten years later. She has since attempted to pass additional legislation that would permanently ban assault-style weapons, but to no avail. Following the wake of New Zealand’s terrorist attack and subsequent legislation banning assault style weapons, it’s a shame rational people like Feinstein are left out to dry by Republicans, as every proposal is shot down consistently by the GOP.
In 2018, Feinstein broke with committee chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to release the transcript of an interview between the committee and Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, which contained information found on a dossier detailing meetings and dealings made between Trump and the Russian government. The tenured senator made it clear she wants the investigations made against Trump to be transparent and free of scrutiny, and she has also made it clear how she feels about her chairman, Republicans, and Trump with one swift move.
7. Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib is a congressional House member from Michigan as of the election results following the 2018 midterm elections and is, alongside Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman elected, adding to the already incredibly diverse 116th Congress. Tlaib, alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and the two congresswomen are the first and only members to achieve national public office.
Prior to her ascension in 2018, Tlaib protested a rally held by Trump at the Cobo Center in Detroit and was ejected from the venue. Once elected, it’s no surprise Tlaib called for Trump’s impeachment and has vigorously supported efforts since then to speed up the process, however, most congressional leaders still want to wait for the results of Mueller’s investigation.
Tlaib also supports the ideas of universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and the “Right to Return,” an idea involving Palestinian families returning to Israel and reclaiming property stolen from them in the 1948 Palestininan Exodus and the 1967 Six-day War. Clearly, Tlaib stands in direct opposition to Trump and his cronies and will work hand-in-hand with other progressives to see that justice is done.
6. Sharice Davids
Sharice Davids is a congressional House member out of Kansas and, as mentioned earlier, is the first Native-American congresswoman alongside Deb Haaland. She is also the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress and thus has become a de-facto representative for LGBTQ rights for all Americans. Trump has taken a hard stance against LGBTQ rights in the past by barring trans persons to serve in the US military among other changes.
Davids has expressed willingness to work across the aisle with Republicans to sponsor bi-partisan measures, showing her commitment to getting work done. Trump has shown he is a man of division, but Davids has been shown to be a woman of compassion, building bridges rather than walls within Congress, possibly being a greater threat to Trump than anything else laid before him thus far.
5. Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris is the other senator from California, serving in conjunction with the aforementioned Dianne Feinstein. Harris was elected to the first Congressional session following Trump’s inauguration and thus has had a unique perspective, as she hadn’t experienced serving under a previous administration, providing front-row seat to the Trump circus from the very beginning.
And it is from that beginning that Harris began criticizing the president, mostly on issues concerning immigration, vehemently attacking Trump over his Muslim ban and questioning the president’s cabinet members Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein over the firing of James Comey.
Several Republicans have attempted to silence her several times, including Richard Burr, the committee chairman, who interrupted Harris several times during the hearing concerning Comey. Burr was accused by the public and by Democrats for being sexist, as other members of the committee had asked similarly hard-hitting questions and were not silenced nor interrupted. Harris was also accused by CNN pundit Jason Miller as being “hysterical,” which prompted backlash against him calling him sexist as well as he would not have used those words when describing a male, whether he be a senator or otherwise.
Harris thus has earned herself a tough-gal reputation, never letting the establishment beat down her voice and allowing herself to be heard no matter what. It is with that reputation that she has launched her 2020 presidential run, and Trump better look out.
4. Ayanna Pressley
Ayanna Pressley is congressional House member from Massachusetts and is the first ever Africa-American woman elected from the state, upsetting 10-term incumbent Mike Capuano in the primary election. In her first session of Congress, Pressley delivered a speech on the House floor calling out the president, stating “I see right through you, and so do the American people,” and that the lives of workers and immigrants are devalued under the Trump administration.
Even before her House speech, Pressley spoke about the president at her victory speech following her electoral victory, stating Trump is “a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man.” Her intense distaste for Trump has manifested in her will to impeach him, and her position on the House Committee on Financial Services will allow her to upturn documents potentially incriminating Trump.
Pressley is one of Trump’s worst nightmares in 2019; a silver-tongued and independent woman on a mission for revenge on behalf of the American people with the ability and the will to throw the book at the president should the time come.
3. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar is a congressional House member from Minnesota and is the first Somali-American elected to Congress, having been naturalized in 2000 at the age of 17 after emigrating from Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in 1995. As mentioned before, Omar is also the first Muslim woman elected to congress alongside Rashida Tlaib.
Omar has been at the center of controversy lately, however, over her comments regarding Israel, prompting the President to call for her resignation and comments were made against her by people of both sides of the isle labeling her an anti-Semitic. Omar has backtracked on her statements and has acknowledged the struggles Jewish people have faced and continue to endure, clarifying her statements were directed at US foreign policy and its arms dealings to nations around the world, including Israel.
Omar is also a proponent of democratic socialism, but is neither a member nor is affiliated with the political organization. Regardless, she is is expected and has thus far worked with DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib on drafting legislation and stand in opposition to Trump and his administration.
2. Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is currently Speaker of the House, the highest rank ever achieved by a woman elected to a public office, and is serving her 17th term as a House congressional member, having been a member of Congress since 1987.
Pelosi holds the key to the impeachment of Trump, and has stated she is willing to impeach the president only if there is “overwhelming and bipartisan justification,” otherwise she believes the act of impeaching the president would be far too divisive, recalling how divided the country was over the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Still, if such support is found following the results Mueller’s investigation, then perhaps Pelosi will go through with the decision to oust Trump.
Regardless, it has already been proven Trump is frightened of Pelosi, the president having experienced his most humiliating moment in his presidency as he was forced to reopen the government during the infamous partial government shutdown over Trumps incessant need for a border wall. Pelosi is sure to fight the president again if Trump attempts to pull a stunt like that in the future.
1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) is a rapidly rising star within the Democratic party and has already made quite a name for herself since even before she took office in 2019, having defeated 10 term incumbent Joe Crowley by 15 percentage points in the primary, an unprecedented feat.
Since her ascension to the House, AOC has proposed the infamous Green New Deal, a plan that would remove all carbon emissions from the U.S. and transition the country onto an entirely renewable energy-driven economy by 2030. The proposal has seen some support and adoption by senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Dianne Feinstein. She is also a proponent of Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, among other Democratic Socialist goals.
AOC also exposed how someone may abuse the American system, showing how candidates for public office can be completely funded by PAC’s and corporate interests, use legal hush money to pay off the “skeletons in the closet,” and then draft legislation that would benefit corporate interests at the expense of the public welfare and the American people. This was indirect criticism of Trump, who used perhaps legal hush money to pay off Stormy Daniels and other such “skeletons of the closet” to get elected to office in 2016 and then support a racist, misogynistic agenda once taking office.
AOC in the coming years will prove to be the leader of Democratic Socialists and the new left in Congress in the coming years, opposing Trump and his cronies in every way possible, perhaps even leading to impeachment of the president, something she is very much open to. She is a true progressive and liberal who Trump should be terrified of until the day comes he is ousted either by AOC herself or the 46th President of the US, whoever that may be.