Trump Claims He Hires Only ‘The Best People’ but Many Have Little to No Relevant Experience for Positions
Donald Trump repeatedly has said he hires only “the best people,” but time and time again that has proven to be false. On Tuesday, for example, the Trump campaign went to court to challenge ballots in four heavily-Hispanic Nevada polling locations. Instead of hiring an attorney specializing in election law, Trump hired “aÂ construction and commercial insurance lawyerÂ andÂ construction and family law attorney.”Â Trump lost. Bigly.
a list of 41 names the president-elect is considering for Cabinet and top-level administration positions clearly reflects his desire to reward supporters rather than hire experts qualified for the jobs.
Buzzfeed obtained the list, noting that “political appointments, cabinet-level positions typically require some level of expertise in the issues they cover. Most of the candidates either have at least nominal experience in their issue areas.”
For example,Â Sarah Palin is on the list as a possibleÂ Secretary of the Interior. Palin’s political career has been focused not on protecting the environment or state and federal lands, but getting oil and gas out of the ground.Â
Mike Huckabee is listed as a candidate forÂ Secretary of Commerce, despite having never run a business or negotiated trade deals.
As a possible Secretary of Education,Â Ben Carson is one of only two candidates. Carson was the head ofÂ pediatric neurosurgery at a top teaching hospital, but even that doesn’t give him sufficient experience to be in charge of the nation’s Dept. of Education. Carson is also listed as a candidate to beÂ Secretary of Health and Human Services. Again, not a position he is qualified to hold.
Others might claim to have sufficient experience, which is easily debatable, but, like Trump and his top allies and surrogates, have questionable if not disgusting pasts.Â
For Secretary of Agriculture,Â Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, who on November 1 called Hillary Clinton a “c*nt” via Twitter. He first claimed his account was hacked, then blamed a staffer.
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 Purdue
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:
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Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design
The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.
Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.
And by “resembles,” I mean “is identical to.”
— Ilyse Hogue (@ilyseh) February 27, 2021
Would be easy for Matt Schlapp to address this today, apologize and make some small changes to the stage.
Would make it clear it was a mistake and that CPAC doesn't want any one to believe they are giving any more aid and comfort to American extremists than they already are.
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) February 27, 2021
Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”
Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 27, 2021
Trump Is Making Noises About a 2024 Run to Get Rich Off the ‘Rubes’: Ex-White House Official
President Donald Trump will be running for president for a third time in 2024, but the effort will be largely geared towards personal enrichment, a former official explained on Saturday.
MSNBC’s Alex Witt interviewed Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as Trump’s communications director in 2017.
“Is he going to run in 2024 or is this just a great excuse to fundraise?” Witt asked.
“I think it’s both,” Scaramucci replied. “I think he’s going to run in 2024, this is the most money he’s ever made — just imagine making $300 million off of these rubes that he’s coning after the election with his big lie. So he’ll run again in 2024.”
“Will he go to the finish line? Maybe not,” he continued. “There are 10 or 12 Republicans that see themselves as a future president. They’re going to try to find ways to undermine him, obviously Governor Nikki Haley already started that process, so I don’t know if he gets to the finish line, but why would he not run and raise money off the rubes that he’s raising money from?”
“Right, but if he runs, do you really think he doesn’t get the nomination?” Witt asked. “Today he would, there’s no doubt today he would get it.”
“I think it could get interrupted by the potential criminal investigations that are going on and the potential indictments, so if he runs and there are no indictments and I think he has a clear path to that nomination, and that’s why Sen. McConnell said ‘Of course I’m going to support him’ — which is even more levels of hypocrisy, but yes, he runs, he wins the nomination,” Scaramucci replied. “There is risk here, though, because of his potential tax fraud case and other cases — even the D.C. case related to the insurrection is a potential speed bump to him getting that nomination.”
McCarthy Tries to Attack Dems for Passing Survival Checks Late at Night – It Does Not End Well
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went on Fox News on Friday to complain about a late-night vote to pass the next round of coronavirus stimulus.
McCarthy posted a clip of his appearance with a message attacking Democrats.
“Democrats just scheduled a vote for 2am tonight,” he complained. “They are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in their bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.”
White House chief of staff Ron Klain responded to McCarthy’s complaints on Twitter.
“Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no,” he posted.
Polling shows Klain’s argument is resonating with voters — even Republicans.
“While Republicans in Congress have balked at the overall price tag for Biden’s proposed package, new Morning Consult/Politico pollingshows that the public — including Republican voters — overwhelmingly supports the legislation,” Morning Consult posted on Wednesday. “In the poll, which was conducted Feb. 19-22 among 2,013 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, 76 percent said they back the stimulus package, including 52 percent who said they ‘strongly’ support the bill. Only 17 percent of voters said they oppose it.”
“While Republicans offered the lowest amount of support, more than half of GOP voters still back the stimulus package at 60 percent. Thirty percent said they somewhat or strongly oppose the package,” the polling company noted.
Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no. https://t.co/YtdvrXjoDL
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) February 27, 2021
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