Donald Trump’s contempt for women was apparent throughout his candidacy and has now trickled into his presidency. Of the 42 people Trump has nominated for U.S. Attorney, only one is a woman, according to a report from Buzzfeed News.
By comparison, of President Obama’s first 42 U.S. attorney nominees, 12 were women. It’s also worth noting that minorities are largely absent from Trump’s nominees, with only one African American and no Latinos represented.
Since the start of his presidency, Trump has shown a real unwillingness to put women and minorities in positions of power. Only four members of his 24-person Cabinet are women, and only four are minorities. But despite his brazen track record, the lack of diversity in Trump’s U.S. attorney nominees is startling.
For a president who’s spent a large part of his time in office trying to convince the world that he isn’t a racist or a misogynist, Trump’s latest offense is inexplicably tone-deaf. The issue of gender bias in the workplace continues to be at the forefront of the national conversation. For someone as embattled as Trump, one would think that he would do anything in his power to earn some good will.
But optics aside, Trump’s gender and racial bias is above all else, dangerous. With these nominees, he’s essentially deciding what the face of law enforcement in this country might look like for years to come. Issues like mass incarceration and police brutality are issues that by and large effect African Americans communities. Unfortunately white men are usually most concerned with advancing the interests of, you guessed it, white men.
The lasting impact ths could have on the country’s legal infrastructure is severe. “US attorneys often become judges, partners in big law firms, even senators, and restricting women from advancing by excluding them from the US attorney positions is really a giant step backwards,” former Alabama US attorney Joyce Vance, told Buzzfeed. “It’s a statement that this is not a priority.”
Trump’s only female nominee is Jessie Liu, an attorney at the U.S. Treasury Department who will work out of Washington D.C. She has yet to issue a statement on her nomination.