Donald Trump will take the reigns as president of the United States come January 20th. His pick of ruling partners has not been ideal to most. Most recently Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, was questioned by Democratic lawmakers. Here is how that went down.
When asked if she would keep the funding for important public schools, DeVos responded “We acknowledge today that not all schools are working for the students that are assigned to them, and I’m hopeful that we can work together to find common ground and ways that we can solve those issues and empower parents to make choices on behalf of their children that are right for them.”. DeVos no doubt dodged the question. But DeVos is not known for supporting public schools. DeVos’ voucher programs could pull resources from already struggling schools, leaving those already without much, with nothing to give those in need. Children would not receive the education they deserve.
It is also speculated that DeVos was only appointed the job because of her donation ties to the GOP. When senator Sanders asked DeVos if she would be sitting where she was if it was not for her ties to the GOP, DeVos responded “I do think there would be that possibility. I have been working hard to be a voice for students and to empower parents to make decisions on behalf of their children, primarily low-income children.” Senator Warren also pointed out that DeVos has “no personal experience with college financial aid or with management of higher education.” But DeVos is not Trump’s first pick to be worrisome.
Steve Bannon was chosen as Trump’s Chief Strategist, and shows exactly what Trump’s views are. Bannon is the former executive of right wing website Breitbart, and a well-known member of the Alt Right. Breitbart is a website known for multiple things, like being anti-gay, hating Obama, supporting the alt right movement and denying climate change. So what is the alt right movement? Is a movement centered on white nationalism, and has been accused of doing so to whitewash the negative American connotations against overt racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. The group could be described as white supremacist. The right wing populism group is also anti- LGBT, antifeminism, and Islamophobic. They have shaped what most of Trump’s supporters turn out to be. Trump hiring Steve Bannon not only reflected his body of supporters, but what Trump believes in himself.
The rest of Trump’s cabinet does not fail in fulfilling just what Trump promised during his campaign. Attorney General Sessions would carry out Trump’s anti-immigrant platform. Homeland Security Secretary Kelly would carry out deportations. Defense Secretary Mattis would fight the Islamic State. All of these people share Trump’s ideologies, and will undo the progress that occurred under the Obama administration. And last, but not least, Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence.
Mike Pence is a known homophobe. He has attempted to ban marriage equality, endorsed conversion therapy, complained about the passage of the Hate Crimes bill, and much more. Trump is appointing those with known opposed points of views. Is it to stir up controversy? Does he really think any work will get done? Does he believe this will make America great again?
Remember, it is who you surround yourself with that reflects who you are. Only time will tell just who these people truly are.
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