I’m sure it’s not surprising to anyone reading this to find out that Donald Trump’s administration is mostly white. With the recent departure of Omarosa Manigault, there now sits only one African American among Trump’s more than three dozen cabinet members and senior-level staffers — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
Again, that shouldn’t be shocking to anyone considering Trump’s someone whose company once settled a racial discrimination lawsuit with the Department of Justice, used blatant racism against Native Americans while trying to block their ability to build a rival casino, defended white supremacists and Nazis as “fine people” a few months ago, and more recently used a racial slur against Native Americans while at an event honoring them — in front of a picture of Andrew Jackson, the president famous for the “trail of tears.”
Well, on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked a very simple question about the lack of diversity within the Trump administration, and she proceeded to crash and burn while trying to answer it.
After NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked Sanders how many senior staffers within the White House were African American, Sanders said she didn’t have an exact number — then proceeded to say the word “diverse” (or some iteration of it) five times during her roughly 30-second word salad of a response where she insisted diversity is an every day goal of this administration.
Though we already know the answer to that question, as I suspect Ms. Welker did before she asked it. There’s only one African American among Trump’s cabinet and senior-level staffers — just one lone person named Ben Carson.
This is what always infuriates me about Republicans when it comes to racism. They’ll stand there and look you straight in the face insisting that they’re not racists, when there are more than enough examples to prove that there’s definitely a strong racist element among the party.
As many people have said before, while not everyone who’s Republican is racist, nearly all racists are Republicans. I would amend that to say that while not all Republicans are racists, by being Republicans they are definitely supporting them. Conservative voters can personally deny they’re racist all they want, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are supporting a party filled with, and driven by, many people who are racist.
While I definitely don’t envy the job she has, I also don’t feel remotely sorry for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She’s the one who willingly chose to be Trump’s own version of “Baghdad Bob,” making it her career to stand behind a podium and lie for the most dishonest “president” in United States history.
When history looks back on this time in our country with embarrassment and disgust at the fact that Donald Trump was somehow elected “president,” people like Sarah Huckabee Sanders are going to be remembered for their role in enabling one of the most shameful moments in United States political history.
Watch her comments below via CNN:
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