yourselves for the Trump cabinet picks. The president-elect’s
choices to help run the government range from very bad to much worse
and together form a “cabinet of deplorables.”
most recent choice, and one of the most controversial to date, was
Trump’s selection of former
chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon is a white supremacist
who peddled racism and misogyny at Breitbart, and he is down with the
alt-right — a movement that espouses white nationalism and
anti-Semitism. The announcement comes as Trump also tapped RNC chair
Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, viewed as a more
is bad, and his promotion is alarming, but he is by no means alone in
what may shape up to become the most cringe-worthy cabinet in modern
history. Think of all of the nut jobs, the unhinged surrogates and
water carriers who stood by the most outrageous — the most
deplorable — presidential candidate in modern history.
an Alabama good ol’ boy under consideration for defense
secretary, homeland security secretary and attorney general, and the
first senator to endorse Trump. Aside from his uncanny resemblance to
the Keebler elf, Sessions was denied a federal judgeship because of
his racism. A longtime foe of civil rights, Sessions falsely
prosecuted black activists for voter fraud as a U.S. attorney. He
reportedly called an assistant U.S. attorney “boy,”
called the NAACP and ACLU “Communist-inspired” and
“un-American,” and referred to a white civil-rights
lawyer as “a disgrace to his race.”
other top candidates to implement Trump’s “law and order”
policy as attorney general include former New York City Mayor Rudy
Giuliani, who was responsible for a police brutality epidemic during
his tenure, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose two associates
are headed to federal prison for conspiracy in the
traffic tie-up scandal,
and who has a
percent approval rating
his home state.
next secretary of the interior may very well be former Alaska Gov.
whose claim to fame was serving as John McCain’s running mate
in 2008 and accusing Obama of
around with terrorists.”
If Palin does not get the job, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer could.
waving her finger in his face and
saying they don’t vote.
of Trump’s possibilities for secretary of state is former House
who has a long history of bigoted remarks. Gingrich accused
engaging in “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior,” said
bilingual education teaches “the language of living in a
ghetto,” and claimed blacks fail to accumulate wealth because
of their “habits.” Another person vying for the job is
Tennessee, who was cited for a racist ad in his 2006 campaign against
Harold Ford Jr. The ad featured a stereotyped “dumb blonde”
who talked about meeting Ford “at the Playboy party,”
winked and said to the camera, “Harold — call me.”
Even Republicans denounced the commercial as racist, which says a
consideration for homeland security are recently-ousted Maricopa
who was recently charged with criminal contempt in federal court for
failing to refrain from detaining suspected undocumented immigrants;
and Milwaukee County sheriff, David Clarke, who has compared Black
Lives Matter to ISIS and has called for the protests against Trump to
there’s Dr. Ben Carson, who is on the short list for the
Departments of Education and
Human Services. Among his many outrageous statements during his
primary run for president, Carson said that
Muslim should not become president.
Also a candidate for HHS are Florida Gov.
who “oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s
history” as a healthcare executive, and former Louisiana Gov.
who left his state in a financial disaster and is a “lightweight,”
according to Trump himself.
a top choice for secretary of state, is all for bombing Iran and a
war in the Middle East.
a contender for E.P.A. administrator is Myron Ebell, a director at
the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a leading climate change
the deplorables. We knew Trump wasn’t right, and the list of
crazy and corrupt folks he wants to fill his cabinet confirm that.
But for the fact that this is some serious business — and these
extreme, dangerous individuals will run the government and implement
painful policies — all of this sounds like a practical joke.
But now, with the characters about to populate the Trump White House,
we might have to laugh just to keep from crying.
This commentary originally appeared in The Grio