During her Tuesday night program, Rachel Maddow achieved the Republican double standard used to evaluate Joe Biden’s cabinet selection.
Maddow specifically beat up Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Richard Burr (R-NC) for inventing new requirements for cabinet candidates simply because it is now a Democratic president who makes the nominations.
“So Senator Cruz is against Xavier Becerra because Becerra is not a doctor,” said the MSNBC host. “Even so, Senator Ted Cruz voted for the last Minister of Health under President Trump, a man named Alex Azar.”
“You will be shocked to find out Alex Azar isn’t a doctor either,” said Maddow.
Senator Burr also opposes Biden’s election as Minister of Health, saying Becerra’s time on health-related committees in Congress does not qualify him for cabinet office.
Maddow arrested Burr for supporting a Trump candidate with similar qualifications.
“If you work on committees working on something, that is not enough to qualify you for the Cabinet on that matter unless you are nominated by a Republican president and then it is fine,” he said MSNBC host.
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So Senator Cruz is against Xavier Becerra because Becerra is not a doctor. Even so, Senator Ted Cruz voted for the last Minister of Health under President Trump, a man named Alex Azar. Senator Cruz has elected Alex Azar as Minister of Health, although Alex Azar – you will be shocked to learn – is not a doctor either. It is unacceptable to appoint a non-doctor as Minister of Health unless that candidate is from a Republican president. In that case, I have to go. North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr has also objected to Xavier Becerra’s appointment as Minister of Health. Senator Burr’s objection is that Xavier Becerra spent a long time in Congress on committees that had important oversight functions on health issues. In this way he was involved in many health policies. But Senator Burr says this is not an adequate experience for someone joining the cabinet to work on health issues. … Despite this stance, under President Trump Senator Richard Burr expressed great enthusiasm for a Trump cabinet candidate named Dan Coats. Dan Coats has been appointed director of the National Intelligence Service. Why did Senator Burr like Dan Coats so much for the job? … Well, Senator Burr explained it then. He said Dan Coats was an excellent choice for the director of the national intelligence agency. He said Dan’s experience as a valued member of the Senate Intelligence Committee would help lead him as the next director of national intelligence. He said I think his time on the committee helped him understand what that role entails. To be clear, only serving in Congress, working on committees working on something, that is not enough to qualify you for the Cabinet on the matter unless you are nominated by a Republican President and then is it ok. But if you are nominated by a Democratic President on the same basis, you are deeply unqualified.
Trump-supporting lawmakers are suddenly worrying about qualifications
After four years of bowing to a Republican president who has hired family members and right-wing cable news experts, GOP lawmakers pretend to be concerned about qualifications.
However, the same Republican lawmakers who backed a game show host for the president have lost their right to teach the country about identity cards.
President Biden has nominated a diverse group of competent, qualified individuals to his cabinet. The Senate should endorse them quickly so that the new president and his team can clean up Donald Trump’s chaos.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.