For the first time since 1989, the Cabinet of the United States does not have a single Latino member.
White House Press Secretary delegate Sean Spicer was asked a very obvious question during a press conference, which he was apparently not expecting: Where are the Hispanics?
Probably flabbergasted, Spicer instead of answering the question, thought he would showcase exactly how diverse Donald Trump’s cabinet is — by pointing to Ben Carson, of all people.
“I think that when you look at the totality at his administration — the people that he’s talked to, the people that he’s met with, the people that he’s appointing — you see a president who’s committed to uniting this country, who’s bringing the best and brightest together,” Spicer said. “Look at the cabinet — Elaine Chao, Dr. Ben Carson, Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American.”
But Elaine Chao is not Hispanic. Neither is Ben Carson and nor is Nikki Haley and the inclusion of Hispanics is vital because they are the fastest growing minority in the country.
Almost all of Trump’s cabinet is comprised of rich, white men. Out of the 15 formal slots, only two are people of color. Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development designate is African-American and Elaine Chao, the secretary of Transportation designate is Asian American.
Spicer, then, quickly tried to shift the focus of the conversation, stating, “The No. 1 thing I think Americans should focus on is, ‘Is he [Trump] hiring the best and the brightest?”
Is he really?
Secretary of Energy designate Rick Perry thought the department he was supposed to manage governed the U.S. oil and gas industry. Wrong! Its main task is to deal with nuclear weapons and security.
Secretary of Education designate Betsy DeVos didn’t know the difference between student’s growth and proficiency. But she did know that you are supposed to keep guns in school to defend against grizzly bears.
Scott Pruitt, nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency said during his confirmation hearing that his views on climate change were not relevant.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development designate Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing said, “It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American.”
So apparently Trump’s cabinet is lacking in the “best and brightest” department as well.
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