Who will be in Donald Trump’s cabinet? More terrifying white men come with him
As if wrapping your head around the fact that Donald fucking Trump will be our president for the next four years isn’t still difficult and heartbreaking enough, guess what! The suffering doesn’t end with him. That’s right, I’m talking about who will be in President Trump’s cabinet. Think of all the other angry, devastatingly ignorant white men who have also devoted the past 1.5 years of their lives to torturing you with their bigoted, misinformed views and policy ideas, and brace yourself for the fact that you’ll be seeing a lot more of them soon.
Before Nov. 8, the idea of a Trump cabinet seemed like complete and utter lunacy, but now it’s the reality of the situation. Trump’s veep is the homophobic, conversion therapy-supporting, Planned Parenthood-defunding Mike Pence we all know and hate, and now it’s time to familiarize ourselves with his future secretary of state, treasury secretary, attorney general, secretary of defense, commerce secretary, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, energy secretary, homeland security secretary, education secretary, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator. I expect that you’re reading all of those titles and are frankly terrified of the type of people a man who thinks he knows more about ISIS than the generals, thinks global warming is a hoax, and believes community college is “already damn near free” will appoint.
The people nominated for these positions truly are as terrible as you’d guess.
Trump officially selected his very own campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin, who has a long history at Goldman Sachs, as his treasury secretary. Munchin, like Trump, has experience in the entertainment industry, and none in government. Trump previously considered for treasury secretary Thomas Barrack Jr., the founder, chairman, and executive chairman of Colony Capital, a private equity and real estate investor, proving all his claims to oppose corporate, establishment politics were pretty much bullshit.
For commerce secretary, Trump selected billionaire investor Wilbur Ross. The president-elect has also reportedly been vetting former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for veterans affairs secretary, in addition to interior secretary, and frankly, the idea of her running either is pretty terrifying.
The competition for secretary of state was the most competitive, with everyone from 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as candidates. Ultimately, Trump chose Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, who many worry has too close a relationship with Vladimir Putin. Members of Congress from both parties previously said that should Trump nominate Tillerson, he would not have an easy confirmation hearing.
After selecting known anti-Semite, misogynist, and alleged domestic abuser Steve Bannon, who not only founded Breitbart but also doesn’t think suppressing black voters is such a bad thing, as his chief adviser, Trump chose Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Sessions, mind you, is the same man who presumes to know more than the Department of Justice and does not regard grabbing women by the genitals without consent as sexual assault. Sessions was, additionally, deemed too much of a racist to be a federal judge because of his disturbing comments on the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Ku Klux Klan (he only disapproves of their marijuana use, FYI). Under a Trump administration, there’s no such thing as being too racist, so say hello to our new attorney general.
Trump went on to choose Betsy DeVos, a proponent for private school vouchers and gutting funding for public schools, as his education secretary. He’s also nominated Ben Carson, the very man who can’t even trouble himself to watch over his luggage, to be his housing and urban development secretary. If the inner cities truly are as sinister and depraved as Trump has long portrayed them to be, well, good luck to Carson.
As his transportation secretary, Trump chose Elaine Chao, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife and an icon of the very Republican establishment Trump has tried to distance himself from. His health and human services secretary, Tom Price, is a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon, and the very disaster for women you’d expect. He also ranks among the most vocal critics of Obamacare. Despite claiming to oppose the interference of the law with patients’ medical needs, Price has consistently stood against abortion rights and funding for reproductive health services, and his appointment is yet another sign of the Trump administration’s troubling implications for women’s rights.
For secretary of defense, Trump chose General James Mattis, who at least has experience in the field Trump wants him to manage.
Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.), was nominated for labor secretary. He not only opposes a $15 minimum wage, but also more overtime pay and the Affordable Care Act.
And to head the EPA, Trump chose Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who denies climate change and has consistently fought President Obama’s climate change policies. “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” he wrote in National Review this year. Texas Governor Rick Perry was nominated as energy secretary, despite the former presidential candidate wanting to completely scrap the department.
For homeland security secretary, Trump nominated retired General John Kelly, who was previously responsible for managing security threats posed by Central and South American drug networks and opposed President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay. House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller’s name has been floated for veterans affairs secretary. He’s retiring from the House and identified early on as a Trump supporter, so he’s a shoo-in.
At the end of the day, many of us failed to predict the outcome of the election. But looking at the entourage that will carry Trump’s coattails these next for years, one thing we can safely predict is the actual apocalypse.