Trump’s appointees bode ill for America
After President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet-level appointments are approved and his team finally gathers for dinner at the White House, the meeting will represent the most extraordinary collection of paranoia, bizarre thinking and outright malevolence since the night Richard Nixon dined alone.
To date, the cast of characters will include:
A national security adviser who believes that “Islam is not a religion” and imagines that China, North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Iran, Syria, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela are all part of a vast, anti-American conspiracy led by “jihadists.”
A hard-line defense secretary, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” who believes that veterans acquire PTSD by being told about it.
A CIA director, the protégé of billionaire industrialists, who does not believe in climate change, but does want to remove restrictions on surveillance and the use of torture in interrogations.
An attorney general who has labeled the NAACP and the ACLU as “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”
A secretary of Health and Human Services who yearns to replace Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid with “market-based solutions,” a system roughly translated as, “pay or die.”
A Treasury secretary enamored of a banking system that enabled him to make a fortune by foreclosing on tens of thousands of families during the housing crisis.
A billionaire secretary of education who despises the public schools that educate the vast majority of American K-12 students.
A counselor to the president who is the darling of the xenophobic, white-supremacist, and anti-Semitic “alt-right” movement.
We have seen this kind of craziness before. It will not end well.