Trump Meets With Super Agent Ari Emanuel, Turns Cabinet Selection Into Reality Show
Trump's cabinet selection process now resembles "The Bachelor," where instead of personal trainer and model, the most common contestant career is professional racist.
Taking a break from his hectic schedule of Twitter rants against "Hamilton," and "SNL" and picking white supremacists for White House roles, Donald Trump played golf with Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, confirmed by a source from WME. According to the article, "the Democratic stalwart Emanuel is said to be uninterested in a job in the Trump administration and instead hopes to discuss some of Trump's early decisions as president-elect."
You read that correctly. Donald Trump is soliciting cabinet selection advice from the same man who helped him get The Apprentice, turning what the New York Times calls "normally inscrutable, process of forming a government into a Trump-branded, made-for-television spectacle, parading his finalists for top administration positions this weekend before reporters and the world." The parade this past weekend, as the Times notes, has been "Difficult to pigeonhole. There were loyalists (Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor), former adversaries (Mitt Romney, who once called Mr. Trump a “phony”), Democrats (Michelle A. Rhee, the former schools chief in Washington) and scientists (Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire cancer doctor)." When it came to national security positions however, it was all older white men all the time, with "similar hard-line views on immigration, the military and terrorism."
While Emanuel, brother of of Chicago mayor and former top Obama aide Rahm Emanuel, has remained close friends with Trump since The Apprentice days, he's a stalwart Democrat. As the Hollywood Reporter reminds us, he has donated for years to Democratic candidates and been active in liberal causes. In addition brother Rahm Emanuel's close ties to Obama, Ari's other brother Zeke, a noted doctor, worked on passing the Affordable Care Act."
Looks like Ari Emanuel is changing his tune from earlier in the campaign. In a March interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "Emanuel downplayed his relationship with Trump, noting WME-IMG's purchase of Miss Universe was purely a business transaction." Mother Jones also reminds us of his previous, powerful statements against Mel Gibson, back when he was caught on tape for anti-Semitic rants. In 2006, he wrote in the Huffington Post, "People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line.There are times in history when standing up against bigotry and racism is more important than money." Perhaps principles don't last ten years.