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Trump’s Cabinet picks, by the numbers

In his election victory speech, Donald Trump promised that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Since then, he’s assembled the wealthiest administration in US history, with key posts going to billionaires, millionaires, Wall Street insiders, and big donors who embody “the rigged, broken, corrupt system” he vowed to fix.

Illustrations by Mattias Mackler

Data as of February 2, 2017, before Viola withdrew as the nominee for secretary of the Army. The Cabinet includes the 15 executive department heads and the vice president. Cabinet-level positions include the heads of the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Council of Economic Advisors, and the White House chief of staff, US trade representative, and United Nations ambassador.

Sources

Net worth of Trump Cabinet picks: Financial disclosures, Bloomberg, Forbes

Net worth of Obama and Bush Cabinets: Forbes

Countries’ DP: World Bank

Medicaid expansion: AP, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Trump University fraud settlement: New York Times

Wealth of 126 million Americans: Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances; Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University; Census Bureau

128 million Americans voted: David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

1% net worth: Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances; Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Median net worth of US households: Edward Wolff, New York University

Past Cabinet diversity: New York Times

Growth of 1% incomes: World Wealth & Income Database

Growth of federal minimum wage: Department of Labor

Cohn bonus: New York Times

Viola net worth: Bloomberg

Warren net worth: Bloomberg

Paulson net worth: Forbes

Hamm net worth: Bloomberg

Icahn net worth: Bloomberg

Mercers net worth: The Atlantic

Trump campaign donations from millionaires and billionaires: Demos

Trump net worth: Forbes

Trump’s self-claimed net worth: Forbes; Trump; Timothy O’Brien, Bloomberg; Wall Street Journal; New York Times; Trump financial disclosure form

Think Like a Billionaire sales: Trump financial disclosure form

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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