Vote for Trump’s Worst!
The competition among his cabineteers is fierce.
· Aug. 5, 2020
OK, people, I know you’re feeling a little wan and helpless these days. Sure does seem like a long time until November.
So let’s take an early vote and pick Donald Trump’s Worst Cabinet Member. The competition is intense this year. Some days it feels as if everybody in the administration is trying to grab the grand prize. That they’re running around with a list in their pocket titled Things to Screw Up.
has been a faithful hanger-on from Day 1. He’s now doing double duty as Trump’s coronavirus czar. In which capacity he predicted on April 24 that the epidemic would be “behind us” by Memorial Day weekend.
, certainly hasn’t been resting on his laurels. At a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing, he had to be prodded twice before acknowledging that presidential candidates aren’t supposed to accept foreign assistance. When asked if he agreed with Trump’s that a president could move Election Day, Barr said, “I’ve never looked into it.”
Nothing like the tried-and-true Trump veterans when it comes to top-notch terrible. But there’s new talent, too, thanks to all the shuffling that keeps going on. , is the in the current administration. If he can hang on until after the election, he’ll have racked up more than a year on the job — a Trump administration achievement that is no doubt due to all the prior experience Wolf had .
The is no longer officially in the cabinet, for reasons way too dense to explain. But we’re going to leave in the mix because of his vigorous efforts to wreck the postal system — a goal that we’re sure has nothing to do with the president’s hatred of voting by mail. DeJoy’s top qualification for the job appears to be to Republican causes during the Trump regime.
Did we mention his wife has been nominated to be ambassador to Canada?
The Worst contenders keep on coming: , has been relatively quiet recently. Literally, since he reportedly keeps . The man is 82 — what do you expect? But he’s still plugging away at the administration’s priorities, like four weeks early.
is a former lobbyist for the oil and gas industries, a résumé you will notice crops up frequently. This has given him the in-depth understanding that allowed him to take a lead in the administration’s massive financial .
But he’s not volunteering any information. “The Babe Ruth of stonewalling,” said Ron Wyden, the Democratic senator from Oregon who’s been following Bernhardt’s career for a long time. Bernhardt traveled recently to Wyden’s home state where he met with Native American tribes — and .
More! How about h? He’s been on the job a couple of years now, which by Trump standards makes him a hardened veteran. When he’s not busy failing to respond to the pandemic, one of his other missions is overseeing the administration’s attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act and replace it with … .
You don’t have to reward splashy bad behavior if you prefer the more modest figures who prefer to screw everything up from behind the scenes. Like , whose when people realized they had a secretary of education who didn’t like public schools.
may not have done much for infrastructure, but she sure is connected. Wife of Mitch McConnell, Chao is also a member of a wealthy and powerful family that’s . That from our government’s recession-fighting Paycheck Protection Program.
So — who’s your favorite? Send me a Worst Cabinet Member pick in the comments. Voting’s open until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, and we’ll announce the winners next week.