It took a week and a half following the election, but President-elect Donald Trump has finally begun selecting cabinet members. On Friday, he announced that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is his choice for Attorney General. Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be his National Security Adviser.
Jeff Sessions has referred to the 1965 Voting Rights Act as a “piece of intrusive legislation” and reportedly suggested that a white lawyer might be a “disgrace to his race” because he represented black clients. The NAACP routinely gives him an “F” on its congressional scorecard.
Michael Flynn has repeatedly made it clear that he draws no distinction between organizations like ISIS and Islam as a religion. In the past, he has tweeted that fear of Muslims is “RATIONAL” (emphasis his) and that “Arab & Persian world ‘leaders’” must renounce “Islamic ideology.”
Flynn and Sessions will work in the Trump administration alongside white nationalist figurehead Steve Bannon, the president-elect’s chief strategist. That will make for at least three overt racists serving at the highest levels of government under President Trump.
Shortly after the Flynn and Sessions picks were announced, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke celebrated the news on Twitter:
Bannon, Flynn & Sessions — Americans are on the way to taking back our government, our nation and our children's future! #TakeItBack
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) November 18, 2016
In fact, out of the five major staffing decisions Trump has made since his presidential transition began, the majority have elevated figures defined by their hostility toward people of color. The other two were Koch Industries favorite Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who will serve as White House chief of staff.
Five names, three giveaways to white supremacists. Anyone who thought that Bannon’s elevation was an isolated occurrence, or that he would be a marginal figure in the new regime, should know better by now. The doctrine of the Trump administration will be white nationalism.
This post has been updated.