Donald Trump Appoints Billionaires, Misogynists, Racists and Crazies as his Closest Advisors

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 8th Dec 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3wvgiyck/
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The people Donald Trump has picked as his closest advisors and nominated for cabinet positions all share one thing in common: they're all certifiably nuts, a veritable rogue's gallery of misfits, malcontents, greed merchants, conspiracy theorists, climate change deniers, white supremacists, racists and more.

Meet Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to lead the Envirnmental Protection Agency

Any rational, sane person coming into the White House as president would pick as head of the EPA a person concerned with protecting the environment, but in a classic "choosing a fox to guard the hen house" move, Donald Trump has put in nomination Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil-rich state of Oklahoma.

Pruitt has, in his role as the chief law enforcement officer of the Sooner state, sued the EPA on multiple occasions. In 2014 he sued to end an EPA program designed to keep the air around national parks clean. In 2016, he sued the agency to end restrictions on how much mercury can be emitted from coal plants. He has also repeatedly sued the EPA to end Barack Obama' Clean Power Plan, which was intended to reduce gas emissions from power plants.

As a politician with a clear record of open hostility to the EPA's mission, Scott Pruitt is without a doubt the least qualified person in history to be nominated to the post. In fact, his own web site proudly describes him as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda." The fact is, Pruitt is a fossil fuel puppet.

Scott Pruitt is also a rabid climate change denier, and with his appointment and a compliant Congress, we are about to see environmental regulations rolled back fifty years or more.

Meet Betsy DeVos, nominated for Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos is a billionaire, her husband being the principal air to the Amway fortune. She obtained Trump's appointment because she donated a whopping 9.5 million dollars to his campaign. She attended exclusive private schools all her formative life. As far as we know she has never set foot inside a public school, as she home-schooled all of her children. She supports public funding of private Christian schools and has called for instituting "Christian education" in public schools. So much for the Constitution's clause mandating separation of church and state.

Meet Steve Mnunchin, the Treasury Secretary pick

Steve Mnunchin is an ex-Goldman Sachs hedge fund billionaire who bought a bank after the economic meltdown of 2008 for 1.2 billion dollars and sold it three years later for 3.7 billion dollars. Mnunchin displayed a great talent for foreclosing on the homes of people of color and the poor. His bank even foreclosed on a ninety-year old woman. Billed for $434.30, she mistakenly wrote a check for $434.03. Because of the 27 cent error, his bank foreclosed on her and she was evicted from her home.

Elizabeth Warren
calls Mnunchin "the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis" for participating in "all the worst practices on Wall street." Sherrod Brown, the Democratic senator from Ohio, said that the appointment was not draining the swamp in Washington as Trump had promised - "it's stocking it with alligators."

Meet Michael Flynn, Trump's number one national security advisor

Michael T. Flynn, Trump's choice as National Security Advisor, is the 57-year old former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a post from which he was forced out five years ago for his questionable ties to foreign governments and for mishandling classified information. Flynn has a habit of spreading false tweets and bizarre conspiracy theories. He has spread fake news and anti-Semitic diatribes on Twitter.

This past Monday, December 6, 2016, 53 non-profit groups appealed to president-elect Trump to rescind his appointment. Lawmakers in the House and Senate also publicly questioned Flynn's judgment and demanded he disavow such fabricated conspiracy theory stories as "Pizzagate," a story which his son promoted that claimed Hillary Clinton and other Democrats ran a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor.

Retired General Barry McCaffrey, originally a backer of Flynn's, said yesterday on CNN "I'm now extremely uneasy about some of those tweets, which don't sound so much as they are political skullduggery, but instead border on being demented. So I think we need to look into this and sort out what's going on here...I think we need to aggressively examine what was going on with General Flynn and his son, dealing with these transparent, nearly demented tweets that were going out. I think it needs closer scrutiny."

On August 9th, Flynn tweeted that Barack Obama is a "jihadi." Later in August he posted a tweet which claimed, without proof, that new e-mails from Hillary Clinton's private server proved she was involved in, in his words, "Money laundering, sex crimes with children, etc." Perhaps his biggest whopper also came in August, when he charged in an interview with Breitbart News, "I know from my friends in the Border Patrol...that there are countries - radical Islamist countries, state-sponsored - that are cutting deals with Mexican drug cartels for some of what they call the 'lanes of entry' ointo our country...And I have personally seen the photos of the signage along those paths that are in Arabic. They're like way points along that path as you come in. Primarily, in this case the one I saw was in Texas and it's literally, it's like signs, that say, in Arabic, 'this way, move to this point.' It's unbelievable."

Steven Bannon

Steven Bannon and Reince Priebus are poised to become Trump's two very closest advisors. Bannon came to the Trump campaign in September, advising Trump to double down on his outrageous statements. Bannon is accurately described as a racist, white nationalist and misogynist extraordinaire. Prior to joining the Trump bandwagon, he was for five years the editor-in-chief at Breitbart News, an ultra right-wing online newspaper. Nothing we could say about Bannon would be more descriptive of his mindset and his philosophy than to just simply list a collection of the typical headlines that graced the pages of Breitbart News while he was at the helm:

HOIST IT HIGH AND PROUD: THE CONFEDERATE FLAG PROCLAIMS A GLORIOUS HERITAGE

BILL KRISTOL, REPUBLICAN SPOILER, RENEGADE JEW

THERE'S NO HIRING BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN TECH, THEY JUST SUCK AT INTERVIEWS

BIRTH CONTROL MAKES WOMEN UNATTRACTIVE AND CRAZY

THE SOLUTION TO ONLINE HARASSMENT IS SIMPLE: WOMEN SHOULD LOG OFF

WHY EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS SHOULD HIRE ONLY RICH STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

MULTICULTURAL SURRENDER HAS TURNED BRITAIN INTO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY


You get the idea.

Ben Carson

Not two months ago Ben Carson volunteered the self-assessment that he was completely unqualified to run any government agency. That has not stopped Mr. Trump from offering, and Carson from accepting, the nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Housing and Human Services. The agency is charged with implementing fair housing practices, especially for the poor and people of color, who are routinely discriminated against in obtaining fair and affordable housing.

To be frank, Carson, who will be in charge of an agency with a 57 billion dollar budget, has not the slightest clue as to how to run a government agency with thousands of employees. As for housing, the only statement he's made recently is that he doesn't think any low-rent housing should be constructed in or near wealthy neighborhoods as he thinks that would lower property values in such neighborhoods.

This is a man who is in way over his head.

Andrew Puzder

Andrew Puzder is the CEO of the corporation that owns fast-food restaurants Carl's Jr. and Hardee's., and he's very proud of his Carl's Jr. commercials on TV - the ones that show voluptuous bikini-clad women wolfing down hamburgers. He has said: "I love to watch women in bikinis eating my hamburgers."

Puzder, whose wife in the 1980s twice called the cops to their home and accused him of beating her (she divorced him), has been nominated by president-elect Trump for the position of Secretary of Labor. The fast-food industry is notorious for labor law violations. When the Obama administration investigated thousands of complaints by fast-food workers, it found labor law violations in over 60 percent of its investigations into Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, mostly for failure to pay minimum wage and failure to pay time and a half for overtime work. Thus a man who commits wage theft, time and again robbing his employees of what they are owed, is poised to become the man charged with upholding labor law in this country.

Puzder is firmly opposed to hiking the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In fact, he stands against any minimum wage. He is as anti-labor as they come. He is a scathing critic of the Obama administration's efforts to update the rules for overtime-pay eligibility, which have not been adjusted for inflation since the 1970s.

In an editorial published today, the New York times stated: "For Mr. Puzder, being pro-business seems to mean being anti-worker. That makes him the wrong choice for labor secretary."

Trump's voters have been betrayed

The working class Americans who voted for Trump in massive numbers, if they are paying attention to his appointments, must now be suffering from a clear case of buyer's remorse. Trump sold himself to them as a man who was going to "drain the swamp" of Wall Street fat cats and inside-the-beltway elites. Instead, he is doing just the opposite. He has pulled off a massive con job, and when his voters finally wake up one day and realize they've been had, we can expect massive civil disobedience.

Links: Donald Trump's Mental Illness is a Threat to Humankind
Trump Already Using his Election to Enrich Himself
Fascism Rising

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author avatar Mariah
9th Dec 2016 (#)

Steve.. this is where that journalistic fire in you comes out as a force to be reckoned with.. telling it like it is with no stone left unturned, I'm very impressed with your post and..OMG what a motley crew have climbed on board the Trump train.eh!. the US has sure made it's bed here alright, and I totally agree with you that many of his voters willl be sorely regretting their decision.
Thanks for keeping us in the know Steve as you always do.


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Dec 2016 (#)

Thank you so much Mariah. I could have named several more of his appointments, all equally distressing, but I was becoming just too depressed to go on, and on ,and on.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Dec 2016 (#)

From your information concerning Trumps nominees Steve , these men make President Obama look positively saintly in comparison .
What a shame that so many of his better ideas were so often blocked ..
To me this sounds like ... ' Out of the frying pan straight into the fire .'
I don't wish to sound glib, but I do hope everyone has their fire blankets at hand ...I have a sneaky feeling that they are going to need them .
Thank you for keeping us informed .... sadly, this is not a bad dream that the world can wake up from .. This is the real thing !
Many blessings to you and yours
Stella ><

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Dec 2016 (#)

Hi Steve, The old saying
" Finders are keepers" . Similarly
"winners are victors". So Donald as the winner will have his cake and eat it to. Can't grudge him that!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Dec 2016 (#)

Yes, finders are keepers and winners are victors. That's not the point. What kind of winner you are is.

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author avatar AnnH
19th Dec 2016 (#)

Another interesting article....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Dec 2016 (#)

Thank you AnnH. I appreciate that.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
6th Sep 2017 (#)

Whatever great America stood for is denied or trampled upon.

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