To: Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden

Reject 'Disgraceful' Rahm Emanuel for Japan Ambassador

Reject 'Disgraceful' Rahm Emanuel for Japan Ambassador

Petition Text

Rahm Emanuel's abysmal record as mayor of Chicago disqualifies him to represent the United States in a foreign capital. As your constituents, we insist that this unwise nomination be rejected.

Why is this important?

Emanuel has a long record of being extremely undiplomatic, abrasive and contemptuous of humane values. His record as mayor of Chicago, where his administration oversaw the coverup of the horrific police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, is especially troubling. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) tweeted after news of Emanuel's selection broke: "Rewarding Rahm Emanuel's cover up of Laquan McDonald's murder with an ambassadorship is not an act that reflects a value of or respect for Black lives.”

Top diplomatic posts should only go to individuals with ethics, integrity, and diplomatic skills. Emanuel possesses none of those qualifications.

Oregon, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • It's time for progressives to demand Biden act responsibly and call him out when he fails to do so. Appointing Emanuel would be an affront to all progressives and the Black Lives movement.