"Donald Trump is going to be our president," said Hillary Clinton in her concession speech on Wednesday. I am still in disbelief, but hearing her make that declaration, and watching her set the dignified and mature example of moving forward and accepting the election results is at least helping to make it real. And part of that moving forward means acknowledging that Trump will be responsible for putting together a cabinet — asking questions like: who will be Trump's attorney general?
Nothing's for sure, and since Trump seems to like keeping us in "suspense" (a concept usually reserved for game shows and cliff hangers, not major policy issues that have a profound impact on the lives of all Americans) the president-elect hasn't elaborated too much on who he's considering for certain positions in his cabinet.
One major concern is who will be Attorney General. According to the official site of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney General is expected to, among many other things, "Furnish advice and opinions, formal and informal, on legal matters to the President and the Cabinet and to the heads of the executive departments and agencies of the government, as provided by law," which includes overseeing major governmental departments like the FBI and the DOJ. The U.S. Attorney General also is expected to "represent or supervise the representation of the United States Government in the Supreme Court of the United States and all other courts, foreign and domestic, in which the United States is a party or has an interest as may be deemed appropriate."
Although Trump has not said anything officially, three of his campaign advisors, speaking on anonymity to NBC News, have offered a few possibilities that are rumored to be in consideration. For Attorney General, they floated Rudy Giuliani. That's not wholly surprising. Giuliani has been a strong surrogate for Trump, consistently making the rounds on cable news for the then-candidate. And, in the name of nostalgia, it feels like the right time to take a moment to remember where their relationship blossomed — in a gag, during which the former Mayor of New York is dressed in drag and being sexually confronted and then motor-boated by the real estate mogul:
Other potential names for cabinet members being thrown around, according to NBC News, include: Newt Gingrich as Secretary of State; retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as Defense Secretary or National Security Adviser; Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary; and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for Commerce Secretary,
Notice that all of those people, although technically just rumors at this point, are all white guys. While the above list is by no means official, I can't help but feel like we are moving backwards.
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