Donald Trump’s Cabinet appears set to be the first since 1988 without a Hispanic member, according to a new report in the Dallas Morning News, and Hispanic groups are not happy that Trump ignored their community when making his final Cabinet-level appointment.
“We’re extremely worried,” Hector Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, an umbrella group of 40 advocacy organizations, told the paper. “This is anti-democratic.”
“Trump has not only been the most anti-Latino, anti-immigrant president in the history of the nation, [but] by not including Latinos in his Cabinet, he is just showing how he plans to govern.”
The executive director of the nonpartisan National Association of Latino Elected Officials, meanwhile, said Trump’s Cabinet reflects his ignorance of Hispanic leaders.
“The most obvious thing it means to me is that he doesn’t know Latinos,” Arturo Vargas told The Dallas Morning News. “He himself and his team don’t know who the Latino leaders are. What this does is it makes our job as advocates for the Hispanic community infinitely harder.”
When asked about the lack of diversity, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:
“I think if we look at the totality of his administration, the people that he’s talked to, the people that he’s met with, the people that he’s appointed, you see a president who is committed to uniting this country and bringing the best and the brightest together. I think that what you’re seeing and what you’re going to continue seeing, not just through the Cabinet but through the entire thing, is the … diversity in thinking, and diversity of ideology … so it’s not just about skin color or ethnic heritage.”