A report from Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg Politics just posted to Twitter says that Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi will have a role in Donald Trump’s presidential administration.
Jacobs wrote Thursday morning: “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be named to a post in the Trump White House, sources tell me. Trump aides finalizing her role.”
NEW: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be named to a post in the Trump White House, sources tell me. Trump aides finalizing her role.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 5, 2017
Bondi’s apparent pending assumption of a White House role comes as Trump names an increasing number of his closest colleagues to an array of key administration positions.
Trump’s ideological and business colleagues largely do little more than reinforce his already dangerously volatile positions.
For example, there is the case of a man — Steve Bannon — who literally had a special role created in Trump’s presidential administration just for him. He is to become the “Senior Counselor for the Presidency of Donald Trump.”
The problem with Bannon is his ideological background. He has spent years running the wildly right wing “news” site Breitbart, an outlet known for catering to the wild, violent racism of the so-called “alt-right.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the alt-right as “far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”
Bannon doesn’t seem like much of a person to keep Trump’s violent racist tendencies in check then, does he?
In Bondi’s case, her reported pending role in Trump’s presidential administration will come as a reinforcement of the president-elect’s affinity for potentially conflict of interest creating business ties.
Trump has been deeply engaged in literally illegal financial activities with Bondi for years. In the months before Election Day, The Washington Post revealed that Trump, in 2013, dished out a $25,000 under the table “donation” to Bondi’s re-election campaign using funds from his soon to be defunct “charitable” foundation.
The “donation” came as Bondi’s office considered launching an investigation into the then-businessman’s fraudulent “educational” enterprise called Trump University. Unsurprisingly, after Bondi received Trump’s donation, her office announced that no investigation would be opened into Trump University.
Trump was forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines after WaPo revealed his illegal usage of his Foundation’s funds.
Bondi — alongside her soon to be former boss, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott — has long been an avid supporter of Trump. She spoke at July’s Republican National Convention
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