The advancing nightmare that likely is the Trump Administration.
Elizabeth Warren wrote a scathing letter to Trump this week, documenting in stark detail that despite Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp”, his transition team is filled with lobbyists while special interest representatives are heading up the transition for federal departments they probably wish didn’t exist in the first place.
They include, she wrote, “a former Goldman Sachs executive who is rumored to be a Treasury Secretary pick; a paid consultant for Verizon who is making key decisions on your administration’s Federal Communication Commission; a ‘top lobbyist’ whose firm lobbied on behalf of issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership who is shaping your Labor Department; and a climate change-denying, oil industry-paid think tank fellow who is leading your environmental team’s transition.”
Defense secretary contender Tom Cotton has been going around talking about how waterboarding “isn’t torture” and has wanted war with Iran for years. And Trump’s rumored contender for the CIA, Jose Rodriguez, was not only an architect of the CIA torture program, but destroyed tapes of the CIA actually torturing people against the orders of the justice department during the Bush administration. Because he was not prosecuted at the time for those clear crimes over the past eight years, it seems he’s up for a promotion.
What horrors are in store when Trump finally takes office won’t be known for a couple months. But one thing is clear: it’s hard to imagine a more dangerous team than the one being put together right now.