My high school French teacher, Sister deLellis, had a favorite saying that popped into my head today: “Tell me who you go with and I’ll tell you who you are.”
For the past year, many of my friends who termed themselves reluctant Trump supporters assured me repeatedly that all his flaws would not matter because once he was in office he would “surround himself with good people.” Since the election, they keep saying, “Give him a chance.”
In the disorganized mess that is the Trump transition, rumors abound, each one worse than the last. But I don’t deal in rumors. So far Mr. Trump has made only a few official appointments that I am aware of. Are they good people? Let’s take a look at some of them:
Stephen Bannon, Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor
If you haven’t already read more than your fill about Mr. Bannon and his alt-right associations, this opinion piece provides a fairly balanced view with links to more.
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
Mr. Sessions was denied an appointment years ago to a federal judgeship for alleged racist remarks. He has denied the remarks, but he can’t deny that he said he isn’t sure that grabbing a woman’s genitalia is sexual assault.
Mike Flynn, National Security Advisor
A retired general and a registered Democrat, Flynn is on record as having made extreme remarks against Islam–not just radical Islamic terrorism but the religion itself. “Islam is a political ideology…it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion,” Flynn said in a speech at the annual conference of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the US. “It’s like cancer…a malignant cancer in this case.”
Predictably, these picks have raised an outcry of rage from Democrats, but several prominent Republicans are not brimming over with enthusiasm over Bannon’s role in particular either.
But guess who does like Mr. Trump’s appointments?
Bannon, Flynn, Sessions — Great! Senate must demand that Sessions as AG stop the massive institutional race discrimination against whites!