Donald Trump spent his whole campaign insulting Hispanics, saying he’s going to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and even said a Judge was unqualified to do his job because he’s hispanic. So it’s not a surprise that Trump is the first U.S. president since Ronald Reagan to exclude hispanics from being part of his cabinet.
Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer considers the cabinet to be filled with the “best and the brightest.” In other words, he’s saying Latinos are not the best and brightest people. And yet he also stated that Trump picked a group of people that will bring the country together. Insulting Latinos isn’t going to bring America together.
There are over 33 million American Latinos and it is the fastest growing minority in America. After being asked by a reporter about Trump’s decision of keeping Latinos out of his cabinet Spicer answered with this:
“I think that when you look at the totality at his administration — the people that he’s talked to, the people that he’s met with, the people that he’s appointing — you see a president who’s committed to uniting this country, who’s bringing the best and brightest together. Look at the cabinet — Elaine Chao, Dr. Ben Carson, Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American.”
California Democrat Rep. Tony Cárdenas expressed what he, and what most political observers, really think of Donald Trump and the new Republican Party’s act of public disavowal of Hispanic-Americans:
The Hispanic Congressional Caucus released a statement on the Trump’s choice to leave out Hispanics out of his cabinet.
“Mr. Trump’s decision to exclude Hispanics from serving in his Cabinet is inexcusable and deeply damaging to our representative democracy. The President-Elect has dangerously signaled that the people who advise the President do not need to represent all of America.
His decision erodes the forward progress made by every U.S. President since Ronald Reagan, to seek out bright and qualified Hispanics to serve our nation as cabinet members. Over the past 29 years, Hispanics have served our nation honorably in the highest levels of government in numerous cabinet positions, including: Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, Manuel Lujan as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Bill Richardson as Department of Energy Secretary and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
We demand that Mr. Trump live up to his statement that he will be a President that unites and works on behalf of all Americans, by having an administration that represents the American people. If Mr. Trump intends to make false claims, then we will live up to our duty and hold him accountable.”