During his presidential campaign, President-elect Joe Biden made quite a few promises to America, including one in which he pledged to begin his mission of unity and bipartisanship by potentially selecting a Republican or two for a position in his Cabinet.
However, according to Breitbart, Biden slammed the door shut on that idea this week after he filled the last two remaining Cabinet secretary posts — for the Departments of Labor and Commerce — with card-carrying Democrats.
The president-elect tapped Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) for his commerce secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) for the position of labor secretary, filling the last two open roles in his Cabinet and becoming the first president since former Bill Clinton — in his initial term — to not name a member of the opposing party for a coveted Cabinet position.
If you’ll recall, even President Donald Trump reached across the political aisle when he filled his Cabinet in 2017, naming Democrats Peter Navarro, an economist, and former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn to join his administration.
Former President Barack Obama named several Republicans to his Cabinet, including former lawmaker Ray Lahood as his transportation secretary and in an effort to make for a smooth and safe transition on the national security front, Obama kept Defense Secretary Robert Gates on from his predecessor’s administration. Obama would appoint several more Republicans for other positions.
Biden, who moved quickly with his transition team to fill virtually his entire Cabinet in a relatively short period of time, claims that it’s the perfect team to help guide America through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that has resulted from the spread of the virus.
“This team will help us emerge from the most inequitable economic and jobs crisis. … They will work tirelessly to ensure every American enjoys a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead,” Biden said as he filled out his bench with Democrats — many with little policy experience to speak of.
Given that they will soon control the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate, in just a matter of days, Democrats will essentially be in full control of America.