As Donald Trump is preparing to announce his White House pick for secretary of state, there’s a disturbing possibility that his “Make America Awesome” slogan could be used by the White House to justify racism.
Trump is reportedly considering Gary Cohn, who’s a prominent economic adviser to the president, as his pick for the position.
The New York Times reports that Cohn has been “criticizing” the Obama administration for its policies that have hurt minority communities.
Cohn’s comments could also be used to justify Trump’s continued attacks on immigrants and the disabled.
Cohn, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Trump’s chief economic adviser, is known for advocating for more business and deregulation.
In a 2016 speech in which he defended the idea of bringing back coal mining jobs, Cohn made the controversial statement that “[w]e have to be very careful in this area.
The people we’re going to put into these jobs are going to be the poorest and most vulnerable people in our country.
There’s nothing that’s going to bring them back to the middle class.”
Cohn is a member of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank that was formerly run by David Duke, who is also a senior adviser to Cohn’s business advisory firm, and former KKK leader David Duke.
According to the Times, Cohn has also been critical of the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama’s policies.
“The ACA is the most successful piece of legislation in American history,” Cohn said in his speech.
“It has brought more people into the labor force than any other single legislation, and it’s not going to stop at any particular job market.”