Donald Trump won the election by promising to use his outsider standing to drain the swamp in Washington. Working-class voters chose him over Hillary Clinton, who represented everything they hated about federal politics. The Rust Belt wanted a businessman to go to work for them and tear down the establishment they hated. Unfortunately, Don the Con Man is already backing away from his claims to keep the political elite outside of his administration.
Over the past few days, Trump has put together a transition team to switch gears from running to office to actually running the country. Critics immediately noticed that his planning group included long-time politicians like Rudy Guiliani, the former mayor of New York City, and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey. He’s also included professional lobbyists and corporate shills, and in a stunning level of nepotism, appointed three of his adult children to the team.
His potential Cabinet nominations are no better. They include career political wonk Reince Priebus, current head of the Republican National Committee, and several current governors and federal legislators. He’s also considering former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and current Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. None of his nominees come from the Rust Belt.
Liberals have been questioning how a billionaire CEO from New York City could possibly represent the working-classing voters in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. It looks like Trump’s voters might have no choice but to start wondering the same thing themselves. Unfortunately, it’s too late for them to change their minds.