President-elect Trump ran a campaign insulting Mexicans, spreading fear about Islam, and generally enthralling white supremacists, so it should be no surprise that he’s chosen a cabinet that reflects these views.
Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. In 1986, the Senate rejected Sessions’ nomination to become a federal judge due to accusations of racism.
How about Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary? His bank is accused of discrimination. According to the complaint, the bank kept branches out of neighborhoods of color and denied mortgages to homebuyers of color.
Watch the video to see what some of Trump’s other picks had to say.
TRUMP: These are really really talented people
TEXT: President-elect Trump has started shaping his administration. Here’s what it looks like:
Jeff Sessions; Junior Senator, Alabama; Trump’s Attorney General
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: An African-American assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama testified that Mr. Sessions called him boy.
DANA BASCH, CNN: Sessions was accused of racial insensitivity, calling a black lawyer boy, a white lawyer a disgrace to his race, and civil rights groups like the NAACP un-American.
TEXT: In 1986, Sessions was nominated to be a federal judge.
SESSIONS: I am not a racist, I am not insensitive to blacks.
SEN. TED KENNEDY: It’s inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a United States federal judge.
TEXT: He was rejected. A decade later, he became a U.S. senator.
Ben Carson; retired neurosurgeon; presidential candidate, 2016; Trump’s Secretary of Housing
CARSON: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: You think being gay is a choice?
CUOMO: Why do you say that?
CARSON: Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight and when they come out they’re gay.
TEXT: Rick Perry; Former Governor of Texas, Presidential Candidate 2012 & 2016; Trump’s Energy Secretary
PERRY: I may have the genetic coding that I am inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that. And I look at the homosexual issue as the same way.
TEXT: In a memo to President Obama, Rick Perry wrote: “On any given day, the Mexican border region is now beset with vicious murders, tortures, kidnappings and armed confrontations.”
STEVEN COLBERT, Comedy Central: The Washington Post reports that the Rick Perry family hunting camp once had a racially charged name. You see the hunting camp was evidently called… (sigh) phew. How do I put this?
HERMAIN CAIN: I know that you refrain from saying that word so I’m going to savor the word whiles on the rock. The name of the place was called N*****head.
TEXT: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; Retired; Trump’s National Security Advisor FLYNN: There is a disease inside this Islamic body, it’s like cancer and it has metastasized TWEET(Flynn): We are facing violent, but very serious and cunning radical Islamists. We can be war weary when we win. If we lose, we have nothing TWEET (Flynn): Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL: please forward this to others: the truth fears no questions… TEXT: Steven Mnuchin; CEO, Dune Capital Management; Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury KBCW: Billionaire hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs partner Steve Mnuchin — is facing claims of discrimination. In a complaint, the nonprofits allege that One West left foreclosed properties in a state of disrepair in predominately African American, Asian American, and Latino communities while keeping foreclosures in white neighborhoods in better condition. TEXT: Stephen Bannon; Chief Executive, breitbart.com; Trump’s Chief Strategist BANNON: We’re not cloven hooved devils, we’re not nativist, homophobe, racists. TEXT: And yet…while Bannon was in charge, Breitbart produced stories like:
HEADLINES: Black Activists Call For Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops
Donald Trump Would be the First Black President
Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew TEXT: At least one person is happy about it: TWEET (David Duke): Bannon, Flynn, Sessions — Great! Senate must demand that Sessions as AG stop the massive institutional race discrimination against whites!