Donald Trump shocked the world when he defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. Now Trump has to actually govern a nation of over 300 million people, which is a far more complicated scenario than spewing hateful rhetoric to crowds by telling them what they want to hear. One area which Trump must make progress is getting the individuals he wants in his cabinet to be approved by the United States Senate.
Before the senate is able to vote Trump’s picks must pass the litmus test laid out by the Office of Government Ethics. However, the director of that office, Walter M. Shaub Jr, said they were being rushed by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what he described “undue pressure.”
McConnell says the commentary of Shaub is partisan and not to be taken seriously, “The Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election.” McConnell went on to say that Republicans were quick to confirm many of President Barack Obama’s early nominees:
What did we do? We confirmed seven Cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them, either. But he won the election. So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that. But we need to, sort of, grow up here and get past that.
McConnell has some gall to tell Democrats to “grow up” when it was he who said the Republican party’s top priority was to deny Barack Obama a second term. Was that particularly “grown up” of him? Of course not, but consistency doesn’t matter.
Relive that moment below: