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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.