We all knew that when Trump was elected he was going to fill the executive branch and the courts with extremists, incompetents, and ideologues. That’s pretty much a given unless the Donald undergoes some miraculous personality transformation. Now, according to BuzzFeed, his transition team has aseembled a list of potential nominees for Cabinet posts. It does nothing to calm my fears.
Note that this is tentative; as BuzzFeed notes:
The list of 41 names, obtained by BuzzFeed News, covers 13 departments, the attorney general, Office of Management and Budget, White House chief of staff, and White House counsel.
A source familiar with the list stressed it was not final, and it is unclear whether transition officials have narrowed it down or added more potential candidates for consideration by Trump.
Still, have a look at it. The most egregious is Ben Carson being vetted for Secretary of Education or Health and Human Services; this is a man who is a full-bore Biblical creationist. Chris Christie is entangled with criminal conspiracies, and as for Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin (seriously, Secretary of the Interior? Shades of James G. Watt!), I have no words.
As I said, the real cabinet may be very different, but I think its ideological slant won’t be too far off from this.
We’re in for a rough four years. Here’s the list from BuzzFeed:
List of Potential Trump Cabinet Nominees:
Gov. Chris Christie
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Secretary of Commerce:
Former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco
Businessman Lew Eisenberg
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee
Sen. David Perdue
Former Sen. Jim Talent
Gov. Sam Brownback
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner
Gov. Dave Heineman
Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Education:
Hoover Institution fellow William Evers
Secretary of Energy:
Venture Capitalist Robert Grady
Businessman Harold Hamm
Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger
Gov. Rick Scott
Secretary of Homeland Security:
Sheriff David Clarke
Secretary of the Interior:
Gov. Jan Brewer
Gov. Mary Fallin
Oil Executive Forrest Lucas
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Former Gov. Sarah Palin
Secretary of Defense:
Former Gen. Mike Flynn
Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr.
Former Sen. Jim Talent
Secretary of State:
Sen. Bob Corker
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Businessman Carl Icahn
Banker Steven Mnuchin
Chief of Staff:
Director of Office of Management and Budget:
Secretary of Labor:
EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic
Rep. Jeff Miller
White House Counsel:
To read more about the awful Trump Cabinet that may be in store for us, read New York Magazine’s speculations, though they devalue their article by using Millennial lingo and referring to men by their genitals: “The Trump Cabinet is Shaping Up to be a Total Sausagefest.” (Imagine what people would say if I published a post saying “The Huffington Post List of Editors is Shaping Up to be a Total [insert your favorite term for female genitalia here]Fest!) After all, the vast majority of its editors are women.
Scientific American has already reported that Trump chose a climate-change skeptic, Myron Ebell, to head his EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) team:
Ebell is a well-known and polarizing figure in the energy and environment realm. His participation in the EPA transition signals that the Trump team is looking to drastically reshape the climate policies the agency has pursued under the Obama administration. Ebell’s role is likely to infuriate environmentalists and Democrats but buoy critics of Obama’s climate rules.
Ebell, who was dubbed an “elegant nerd” and a “policy wonk” by Vanity Fair, is known for his prolific writings that question what he calls climate change “alarmism.” He appears frequently in the media and before Congress. He’s also chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of nonprofits that “question global warming alarmism and oppose energy-rationing policies.”
Any tears left? The Daily Kos reports that “The architect of the most racist law in American history has been named to Trump’s team.” The man is Kansas’s Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, and the law is this:
Why should this terrify you? Because Donald Trump has just named one of the most racist politicians in all of America to his transition team. Kris Kobach was the architect of the most racist law in modern American history. SB 1070 passed in Arizona in 2010. What did it mean? If you have brown skin or an accent, police had a right to stop you, detain you and demand you prove your citizenship.
Arizona’s S.B. 1070 compels police to ask for papers from anyone they have a reasonable suspicion of being without status. Under this law any person of color, or anyone with a foreign accent, can be required to prove their status and be jailed—regardless of whether they are a citizen or an immigrant—until they can do so. The Supreme Court indicated that prolonged detention would be impermissible, but people’s rights will likely be violated before that limitation can be enforced.
By targeting certain groups of people living within the state, the Arizona law amounts to an ethnically divisive and deeply hostile social policy. It raises the specter of states treating people differently based solely on their appearance rather than on their actions. Every person in Arizona and states that pass S.B. 1070-like legislation will be required to carry proof of their legal status at all times or face the possibility of being detained. In practice it will be people of color that bear the brunt of these policies.
It was nicknamed the “Papers Please” law and thanks to Kris Kobach and the right-wing ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), two dozen copycat bills quickly spread to other conservative states. Can you imagine walking down the street and police having the power to stop you and your children and throw you in jail on the suspicion alone that maybe you don’t belong? Because you have brown skin or an accent? Terrifying, right?
Kobach has also spoken before white nationalist and anti-immigration groups. Welcome to Götterdämmerung.