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CNN host: Donald Trump has gone ‘hard right’ and ‘hard white’ with his administration picks

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CNN host John Berman pointed out that Donald Trump has not only gone “hard right” in picking members of his administration, but the future president is also going “hard white” by ignoring a need for diversity.

During a Monday CNN panel discussion, Princeton University Professor Julian Zelizer asserted that Trump was meeting with Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard only as a “symbolic” gesture.

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“It’s an effort to show that you’re in favor of bipartisanship in an era of party polarization,” Zelizer said. “President-elect Trump had initially said he’s not going to do this, but as we see with Donald Trump, part of this is about the show, part of this is a bout the appearance.”

“So after going very hard right with his first three appointments — and many other possible appointments, we should remember, they’re not moderate, they’re very hard right on most issues,” the professor continued. “This could be symbolically appealing.”

Berman agreed with Zelizer’s “hard right” characterization of Trump’s cabinet, adding, “He’s also gone hard white.”

“He’s got five picks so far, all white, all male,” Berman explained. “If diversity is something that this administration values, they haven’t shown it just yet.”

In fact, all of Trump’s first five appointments are white men: Reince Priebus as chief of staff, Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Michael Flynn as nation security adviser and Mike Pompeo as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. That’s in addition to Vice president-elect Mike Pence, who is also a white male.

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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