Well, this was inevitable.
Having put it off as long as they could, the New York Times condemned President-elect Donald Trump this week for choosing an executive Cabinet “more white and male than any first Cabinet since Ronald Reagan’s.”
From the Times’ Jasmine Lee:
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet is shaping up to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.
If Mr. Trump’s nominees are confirmed, women and nonwhites will hold five of 21 cabinet or cabinet-level positions. He has not yet named nominees for two additional positions.
“Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet,” said Paul Light, a professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Or, perhaps Trump is merely choosing the best candidates he can find, regardless of their race or gender? Is that a possibility?
Ah, but when you actually think that racial and sexual diversity is more important than competence and qualifications, those questions don’t matter. You handle the quotas first and you worry about the qualifications later, if ever. And hey, if you wind up passing over a bunch of terrific white males in the process, so what? Who would even want a WHITE MALE in the executive Cabinet to begin with?
Furthermore – and we’re sure this is just a coincidence – but if Trump is making his administration more like Ronald Reagan’s than his four successors, isn’t that a good thing? We’ll take a Reagan redux in a heartbeat. If it means limiting the amount of “diversity” in the executive branch, then that’s just what it means. Better to have an administration that works than one that ticks all the politically correct boxes.
Couldn’t you have both, they ask? Surely. But why is it necessary? Why does it need to be a topic of discussion at all? We just got through eight years of our first black president, and if that’s the standard of quality we can expect from executives of color, count us out!
Obviously, we’re kidding. The next great Republican could easily be a woman, a black man, or any of a thousand other so-called “minorities.” We don’t care. Good. Wonderful. We just want people who will do their best to protect this country and put an emphasis on personal and economic freedom.
Why would anyone care about anything else?