I bet you thought that after seeing Donald Trump’s cabinet picks so far, things couldn’t get much worse. WRONG! He is now considering appointing Ted Cruz as attorney general.
An anonymous source told Bloomberg Politics that Cruz attended a meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a role in Trump’s administration. And according to CNN’s Jim Acosta, Cruz said he was on a “long short list” of people Trump’s transition team is considering for the position. (Insert shudder here.)
A transition aide told NBC News that Cruz met with Trump to offer any assistance he could give and specifically said he was not being looked at for a cabinet position. Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman, said the Texas senator was “pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York.”
“The American people issued a clear mandate to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, repeal ObamaCare and start over with cost-effective, patient-centered healthcare reform, appoint constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court, secure our southern border and enforce immigration laws, and enact policies that will create more good-paying jobs for the American people,” Frazier said in a statement.
“On behalf of the 27 million Texans he represents, the senator looks forward to assisting the Trump administration in achieving these objectives.”
Cruz and Trump were bitter rivals throughout the primaries. Trump even accused Cruz’s father of taking part in the assassination of JFK. Cruz held out with an endorsement even after it was clear Trump would be the party’s nominee and during a speech at the RNC he urged Americans to “vote their conscience.” But in late September, Cruz gave in and threw his support behind the bigoted billionaire.
Another name at the top of Trump’s list for attorney general is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. I’m not sure which is more terrifying. But to put things in perspective, I guess neither is worse than Steve Bannon, the white nationalist Trump has chosen to serve as chief strategist. From every aspect, Trump’s presidency is turning out to be horrific and he still has nine weeks until his inauguration, which means we haven’t even gotten started yet. It’s going to be a very, very long four years.
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