Saturday, November 12, 2016

The shop of horrors - who's in and who's not

Scriber is keeping watch on the transition and especially cabinet possibilities (and picks). If Trump has his way, selections will happen soon, Politico.com reports in Trump promises decisions on his administration ‘soon’.

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday morning said he’s kicking his White House transition efforts into high gear, promising to “soon” decide who will be the top players in his administration.

Reports have started to fly around about who will be the leaders in Trump’s administration. The picture that has emerged so far is of a government headed by Trump loyalists such as Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Michael Flynn, as well as business leaders and even some lobbyists.

One of the biggest guessing games is who will be his chief of staff, the position that is typically filled first by a president-elect. There’s chatter about Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner or Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus filling that role, but reports emerged Thursday afternoon that Steve Bannon, the Breitbart executive chairman and Trump’s campaign chairman, could get the job.

[TalkingPointsMemo] will maintain a master list of all of the reported possible picks for the top slots–far-fetched or not–crossing them off as they are eliminated from consideration.

It will be an evolving list so check back as Trump builds out a new administration from scratch.

To keep up, check and recheck the TPM master list here.

Audrey II Award update: Trump Immigration Adviser Spoke at White Nationalist Group Conference.

During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, in which he embraced hardline immigration policies championed by white nationalists, his backers scoffed at the idea that he was winking at the white nationalists who cheered him on. But the ties between Trump and far-right white nationalist groups are coming into focus. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has joined Trump’s transition team to advise him on immigration, spoke last year at a conference for a white nationalist group.

Last October, Kobach was a featured speaker at a writers’ workshop hosted by the Social Contract Press in Washington, DC. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Social Contract Press as an anti-immigrant hate group for its ties to white nationalists and for publishing their work. As its website notes, “Recent articles in its main product, The Social Contract, have propagated the myth that Latino activists want to occupy and ‘reclaim’ the American Southwest, argued that no Muslim immigrants should be allowed into the U.S., and claimed that multiculturalists are trying to replace ‘successful Euro-American culture’ with ‘dysfunctional Third World cultures.’”

Rather than apologize for speaking at the event, Kobach, who is well known as the legal architect of anti-immigrant policies across the country, defended the group. He has ties to its founder. In May, the white nationalist website VDARE.com, another SPLC-designated hate website that publishes race scientists and anti-Semites, called on Trump to pick Kobach as his running mate. He is now one step closer to President-elect Trump.

Even if Newt Gingrich is right that one of Trump’s signature promises was just a “campaign device,” Trump’s appointment of Kobach would indicate that he remains committed to the anti-immigrant stances he campaigned on.

No one should be quick to dismiss Trump’s campaign promises and those of his sycophants like the Grinch.

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