Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trump's pick to lead DOJ civil rights will do the exact opposite of protecting people's equality
"this is not exactly the kind of person we want heading up our nation’s department that enforces civil rights laws and protects the rights of minorities. By his record, we can count on him to do the exact opposite. But this seems to be the strategy of the Trump team—bring leaders into agencies that have a long career history of championing the anthesis of everything those agencies stand for. Let’s count how many agencies they’ve done this with so far: Department of Energy (does Rick Perry know anything about anything?), Department of Education (Bitter Betsy DeVos who hates poor kids), Department of Housing and Urban Development (Ben Carson—no commentary necessary), Environmental Protection Agency (Scott Pruitt—who is now launching an initiative to critique climate change) … the list goes on. This appointment will severely cripple the DOJ’s ability to do anything substantive regarding civil rights and with Jeff Sessions in charge, we know that the agency is looking to lock up and harm more people of color than ever before."