The Administration made news recently for the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director (among other things). If you aren’t a wealthy New Yorker or hip to big GOP donor trends, you probably didn’t know that a person named Anthony Scaramucci even existed, much less anything about him.
His appointment is yet another example of the Trump administration’s utter disregard for the prestigious positions from which our national government is helmed. Since Day One, critical roles have been filled with men who have no experience in the fields they’re appointed to lead, and are clearly unfit to do so. The consequences of this are wide-ranging and, quite frankly, embarrassing. Our foreign policy is a mystery. Positions once held by qualified, respected scientists are now political toys. Children, families, and those most in need are negatively impacted by regressive and racist policies.
So, without further ado, I present to you the official Explainher Guide to the Trump Administration’s Very Unqualified Men.
Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, Communications Director
Past Experience: Worked at Goldman Sachs in the 90s (*insert Wolf of Wall Street flashback here*). After he was fired, he founded a few investment firms, including SkyBridge Capital, which is where he made his billions. He hosted the TV show Wall Street Week and is a regular contributor to Fox News. In the 2016 GOP primary, he endorsed Scott Walker and then Jeb!.
Current Responsibilities: As the senior communications aide to the President, Scaramucci is charged with developing and executing all White House communications. This includes working with the media to promote the Administration’s agenda and writing speeches like the State of the Union, although apparently it does not include composing all the President’s tweets.
Choice Moment: Wrote a 2016 op-ed about then-candidate Trump in which he posited that “America deserves better… than unbridled demagoguery.”
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Past Experience: Hired in 1975 as a production engineer at Exxon Mobil, and headed various departments before rising to spend the last decade as CEO. There, he oversaw the selling of oil to human rights violators in the Middle East and signed an agreement with Russia to begin drilling in the Arctic.
Current Responsibilities: In charge of all US foreign policy and diplomatic relations. The SoS negotiates treaties, promotes US interests abroad, and manages the US Foreign Service, the team of 15,000+ civil servants who work both in US offices at home and in embassies and consulates abroad.
Choice Moment: Received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin in 2013.
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Past Experience: Very successful neurosurgeon who was Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore from 1984-2013. There, he did some admittedly pretty impressive things, like separating conjoined twins and making breakthroughs in the treatment of brain tumors. Ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, which is admittedly less impressive.
Current Responsibilities: The position created by LBJ in 1975 is responsible for increasing homeownership, supporting community development, and increasing access to affordable housing free from discrimination.
Choice Moment: Once called poverty “to a large extent… a state of mind.”
Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy
Past Experience: Served briefly in the Air Force before returning to cotton farming in Texas. Was elected to the Texas House as a Democrat in 1984, but ran for Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a Republican in 1990. Served two terms as Ag Commish, was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, and became Governor in 2000 when dear George W. was elected President. He held that seat until 2014, and has run unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for President twice (2012, 2016).
Current Responsibilities: Overseeing all energy production and regulation within the US, as well as developing technologies for better and more efficient energy sources. The Secretary of Energy has traditionally also had a hand in monitoring minor environmental concerns like air, water, and pollution.
Choice Moment: Pledged to abolish the Department of Energy while running for President in 2011.
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Past Experience: Lawyer from the great state of Oklahoma, where he served in the state Senate 1998-2006. Lost his race for LG in 2006 but came back to win the 2010 election for Attorney General. During his illustrious tenure there, he tried to take a case saying marriage was between a man and a woman to the Supreme Court (justices refused to hear it), supported laws restricting abortion, encouraged public schools to distribute religious literature, and, my personal fave, unsuccessfully sued the EPA thirteen times.
Current Responsibilities: … leading the very agency he sued thirteen times. The head of the EPA is supposed to enforce the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental protection laws.
Choice Moment: SUED THE EPA THIRTEEN TIMES.
So there you have it: an assortment of Very Unqualified Men serving in the Administration’s most important positions. And really, what more can you expect out of your government when its President, a spoiled real-estate heir and reality TV show subject, is so unqualified himself?