If you’re like us, you’ve sat with your mouth agape as Trump has unveiled a merry band of morons to lead his cabinet as president of the United States. And right-wingers have seemed ecstatic over Trump’s picks—that is, until now.
Luckily, most of Trump’s nominees require Senate confirmation, though his picks for White House Counsel (Donald F. McGahn II), National Security Adviser (Michael T. Flynn), Chief of Staff (Reince Priebus) and Chief Strategist (Steve Bannon) do not. But let’s take a look at those that do require the Senate’s blessing. As of late November, every single one of them opposed LGBT rights, despite Trump promising at the Republican National Convention to “protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”
As it turns out, that “hateful ideology” is pretty domestic.
Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Focus on the Family. UN Ambassador nominee Nikki Hakey has opposed gay marriage in her home state of South Carolina. The list goes on.
Finally, though, Trump has made a decision that angers the crazy right-wingers, which means things are starting to get interesting.
Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State and CEO of ExxonMobil, has been pro-choice, and through his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, reportedly played a key role in opening up the organization to gay scouts. Naturally, both of those things infuriates groups like the Family Research Council, who are dead-set on destroying “the homosexual agenda.”
Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council’s leader, had this to say about Tillerson:
FRC knows Tillerson all too well, having worked for years to put the brakes on [Tillerson’s] reckless agenda for a scouting organization that was already dealing with staggering numbers of sexual abuse cases. Now, after two terms of exporting radical social policy, Americans could finally see the light at the end of the Obama administration tunnel. To hear that Donald Trump may be appointing a man who not only led the charge to open the Boy Scouts to gay troop leaders but whose company directly gives to Planned Parenthood is upsetting at best.
Those Religious Right folks are never happy.
There are plenty of reasons to actually be outraged about Tillerson’s nomination: First there’s the fact that he has zero experience in the public sector. Or that in 2013 Tillerson received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin.
On a recent episode of his Late Night show, Seth Meyers released a tirade of epic proportions against Tillerson. It’s worth a watch:
In other news, senile preacherman Pat Robertson has come out guns-blazing against another potential nominee. Upon hearing reports that the president-elect was considering Sarah Palin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robertson told his The 700 Club audience, “Heaven help us from that. That would be a terrible thing. Terrible. Terrible.
Who knew we agreed with Pat Robertson about anything? (Watch video of his Palin-slamming here.)