Trump Appointees: Ability not Identity

2016 December 28
by bc3b

Barack Obama was proud of his cabinet and administrative appointments. They were selected because of their race, gender, religion (Muslims) rather than their qualifications. Every group was represented except conservatives and the white working middle class, which were purposely excluded.

Many Obama appointees had never held a job outside of government. Many came from the fantasy world of academia. The common factors in Obama’s appointments were extreme left-wing ideology and often a hatred for the United States and middle class Americans.

Donald Trump has taken the opposite approach, selecting people based on their ability and record of accomplishments rather than their diversity.

A top adviser to Donald Trump on diversity issues is offering no apologies for the preponderance of white men filling the Cabinet and key jobs in the new administration, insisting that the lack of minorities reflected the president-elect’s color-blind approach to hiring decisions.

Bruce Levell, who spearheaded a minority outreach effort for the Trump campaign and now serves as an adviser to the transition team, said that Mr. Trump isn’t looking to check off diversity boxes with his hiring decisions — and that’s OK with black and Hispanic Americans.

“President-elect Trump doesn’t really so much look at the Cabinet and say, ‘Hey, I need a black guy over here and I need a woman over there,’ ” said Mr. Levell, executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “He fights very hard to put the best individual that’s qualified who can run the agency for his administration. Most people of color are OK with the fact that, ‘Hey, if this person is qualified and can do the job, then God bless him.’ “

As for his own organization, Mr. Levell added, “We’re not so hung up on how many black appointees there are going to be or how many Hispanic appointees there’s going to be. We generally want the best qualified.”

Still, Mr. Trump has come under fire for filling his Cabinet with white men — and very rich white men at that.

Democratic strategist David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, poked fun at the lack of diversity in a tweet: “So far, give @realDonaldTrump credit for assembling a diverse Cabinet, mixing billionaires with just plain multi-millionaires.”

Perhaps David Axelrod thinks Donald Trump should assemble a cabinet of street people.

Hat tip: Washington Times

7 Responses leave one →
  1. 2016 December 28 1:45 pm
    justrand permalink

    I pray that Trump orders EVERY one of his appointees to go after the vestiges of the Obama Regime ROOT & BRANCH

    State, Defense, Energy, DHS..everything and everywhere!!

    GUT each one, and go down several levels…including firing the so-called “Career Administrators” Obama just named. Apparently the only way to “fire” them is to eliminate their entire function…PERFECT!

  2. 2016 December 28 1:54 pm

    I like that plan Justrand.

  3. 2016 December 28 1:57 pm
    fight on permalink


    Here is another group in the Trumpster’s sites.

    Love it if true ,30% cut for more swamp critters.

  4. 2016 December 28 2:46 pm
    President Paul permalink

    IDK why the house is doing pointless Obamacare repeals first. The tax cuts will actually help the economy to the extent that it can be helped given we’re do for a recession, but the effects will be delayed a couple years. given midterms coming and a short four year term, you would think they would want to prioritize that.

    The house also seems to oppose Trump’s actual plan in favor of budget neutral.

    Trump would be better of demanding his tax cut plan first. If they refuse just pledge vetoes until they get it done.

  5. 2016 December 28 4:58 pm

  6. 2016 December 29 11:46 am

    axel-dork… trying to enjoy those last few minutes of some relevancy.

    4 – Because Ryan is looking after Ryan and only Ryan and wants to screw over Trump, he knows that if they don’t get the tax reform package (Trump’s version or very very close) passed by summer recess it ain’t happening. I don’t really care what comes first or second or third (over the course of 6-12 weeks)but I agree, that tax reform package has a long leadtime attached to start having effects and it would best for the economy, the market, and business decision makers to get it done and on Potus’s desk before the end of April. We need people in boardrooms making decisions in the first half of this year (making plans for coming years) to know that US is indeed going to be a competitive tax environment.

  7. 2016 December 29 6:39 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Obamacare had 23 different taxes in it. Not that it was a bipartisan bill.

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