MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Explains Why Trump's VA Pick Is Likely a Historic Disaster
President Donald Trump's pick to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, is facing a wave of criticism over his lack of relevant experience and emerging allegations of professional misconduct, but reports suggest that he has no intention of withdrawing his name from consideration.
As MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explained, this situation could lead to a historic nomination battle on the floor of the Senate.
"Not only to VA nominees tend to get confirmed by overwhelming numbers, VA numbers always get confirmed unanimously," Maddow said, citing the reporting of the Military Times' Leo Shane. "There have been precisely zero 'no' votes against nominees to the Veterans Administration out of the Senate in the past 30 years. That's because there is a robust tradition of bipartisan consensus on veteran's issues."
But Trump is threatening this consensus by choosing Jackson, the White House physician with whom he happens to have a personal relationship. Trump does not appear to have consulted the senators on the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs, as has historically been done.
Since both parties care about providing quality service to veterans, it makes sense that the department hasn't been the site of intense ideological battles in the past. With the nomination of Jackson and the disregard for the Senate comittee's input, it appears Trump may have shattered that tradition.
Watch the clip below:
No senator has ever voted against a V.A. secretary pick. But that's because the senators who work on veterans' issues are always consulted about who is being put up for important jobs at the V.A. pic.twitter.com/36fenbzzEK— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 25, 2018