No women, no minorities, mostly extremists
The first five Trump picks are not a good sign.
Trump’s fervent supporters got two high-profile selections who helped guide the tone and direction of Trump’s scorched-earth campaign: former Gen. Mike Flynn, named as Trump’s national security adviser, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, appointed to serve as attorney general.
But for Democrats looking for a conciliatory gesture, they got shafted. If, however, the determined opposition is seeking new opportunities to fight, to assert that the next administration may be just as nativist as Trump’s most divisive campaign rhetoric, the choices of Flynn and Session offered additional cannon fodder.
Of the first five people Trump has named to serve in his administration, none are women, and none are minorities. Establishment Republicans, their squeamishness about Trump largely washed away by the unexpected governing opportunity he has delivered to conservatives, largely praised the president-elect’s choices on Friday.
Many focused on Pompeo, the closest thing to a mainstream choice, despite his controversial support for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that the Bush administration authorized against suspected terrorists that President Barack Obama ended.