In recent weeks, President-Elect Donald Trump sent the Left into hysterics by selecting Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist in the White House, Reince Priebus as chief of staff, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as attorney general, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas as director of the C.I.A., and Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser.
Now Mr. Trump has added two prominent Republican women and an anti-Islamicist Lieutenant General to his growing roster, making liberal heads explode again just in time for Thanksgiving.
Secretary of the Department of Education: Mrs. Betsy DeVos
“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” said President-elect Donald J. Trump. “Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families. I am pleased to nominate Betsy as Secretary of the Department of Education.”
Through marriage, Mrs. DeVos is part of the DeVos family, the founders of Amway and one of the largest contributors to the Michigan Republican Party. She was the finance chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and is a passionate proponents of school choice.
Trump’s choice of DeVos will enrage liberals hell-bent on controlling the ongoing liberal indoctrination of the next generation through public education. The Hill explains:
DeVos is a vocal advocate of school choice and vouchers to allow parents to send their children to alternative schools. Those policies are strongly opposed by teachers unions. She is the current chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, an education advocacy group pushing school choice policies.
Teachers unions were quick to blast her selection.
Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said with the nomination of DeVos, Trump “makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.”
And that’s a very good thing. As an added bonus, Mrs. DeVos is not a supporter of Common Core.
Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley
At 44 years of age, Governor Haley is the daughter of immigrants from India and is the first minority and female governor of South Carolina. Although Haley was a prominent critic of Mr. Trump during the GOP primary, Mr. Trump expressed confidence in Gov. Haley, saying “will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
Fearing a Trump presidency, pundits in the international world appear relieved at her appointment saying Haley is not “an outspoken UN-basher:”
Eye-catching though her political career has been, little is known about Nikki Haley’s views on foreign affairs and the United Nations…. Certainly, she’s no John Bolton, the US ambassador during the Bush administration who famously remarked that it would not make much of a difference if the UN headquarters in New York lost its top 10 floors – where the organisation’s most senior figures, including the secretary general, have their offices.
Critics question her lack of experience on an international stage.
National Security Adviser: Lt. General Michael T. Flynn
Mr. Trump has selected the retired Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Flynn has been outspoken about his view of the threat posed by Islamist militancy and was an ardent supporter of Mr. Trump during the campaign. Flynn has analogized Islamism to cancer:
In his 2016 book, The Field of Fight, Flynn characterized U.S. counter-terrorism efforts as “a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people.” In a speech earlier this year, he called Islam “a cancer” and “a political ideology. It definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion.” On Sunday, Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, was asked to respond to Flynn’s remarks.
“Is he in line with how President-elect Trump views Islam?” asked Martha Raddatz, the interviewer.
“I think so,” Priebus replied. “Clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic. And we know them. We’ve seen it.”
Federal Communications Commission: Mark Jamison and Jeffrey Eisenbach
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. President-Elect Donald Trump is admanantly opposed to “net neutrality,” a concept which treats internet services as a public utility subject to governmental regulation. Trump equates principles of net neutrality with the Fairness Doctrine:
Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2014
President-elect Donald Trump has just named two men to his FCC transition team, both of whom appear to share Trump’s views with regard to the FCC. Mark Jamison is a former Sprint lobbyist. Jeffrey Eisenach is an economist who worked for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during the Reagan administration and once wrote that “declaring the Internet a public utility is not necessary.”
From the New York Times:
In recent days, Mr. Trump has begun meeting with a wider array of prospects, either for advice or as potential cabinet picks. He is also said to be considering Harold Ford Jr., an African-American former Democratic representative from Tennessee, as transportation secretary, or for another post, though those talks have not become serious, according to an official close to the Trump transition.
Mr. Trump also met with Michelle Rhee, the former superintendent of schools in Washington and Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat who is the first Hindu member of Congress.
Secretary of Defense: “Mad Dog” Mattis?
Trump is rumored to be considering retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” N. Mattis for Secretary of Defense. Nicknamed “The Warrior Monk” because of his bachelor life, the heavily decorated Marine Corp General has devoted his life to the study of war.
"#Marines don't know how to spell the word 'defeat.'" — Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) February 1, 2013
ABC News is already highlighting Mattis’ colorful language:
“Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people,” Mattis said at the time to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
Mattis continued, “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”