President Biden's cabinet picks are becoming an embarrassment — not just for his administration, but for the United States as well.
Last week the president nominated David Chipman to head the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Although he's a 25-year ATF veteran, he supports strict gun control and even appears to be against private firearm ownership.
Also, after his nomination, he locked his Twitter account, prompting others to wonder what he's hiding from the public.
Chipman recently mocked new firearm owners by recommending that they "secure that gun locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you've stored in the cabinet, and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear."
During a September 2019 "Ask Me Anything" session in Reddit, Chipman falsely claimed that Branch Davidians shot down two government helicopters during the 51-day standoff and subsequent massacre.
"At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters," he wrote in his answer. "It is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often."
Although several helicopters sustained fire, none were shot down, and no government personnel manning them were injured. Chipman knew his claim was a lie — he was an ATF case agent in the Branch Davidian trial.
Another Biden pick — Kristen Clarke, appointed to direct the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — was under fire this week during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over comments she'd made.
At issue was an opinion piece she wrote for Newsweek that was headlined, "I Prosecuted Police Killings. Defund the Police — But Be Strategic."
When questioned by Sen. Ted Cruz, Clarke told the Texas Republican that she doesn't support defunding law enforcement, and that Newsweek wrote the headline.
However she argued in the piece that "We must invest less in police" three times in her column, and invest "more in social workers," "more in social supports in our schools," and "more in mental health aid."
If it were just that, it might be overlooked. But it's not.
When Chicago police investigators requested actor Jussie Smollett's cell phone to verify his claims that two white Trump supporters attacked him in early 2019 because he was Black and gay, Clarke accused the department of "demonizing survivors."
"This is NOT how you treat survivors of a hate crime," she tweeted. "Stop demonizing survivors and casting doubt on their claims if you want communities to trust that you will take #HateCrime seriously."
It was a hoax.
Finally, while serving as Harvard's president of the Black Studies Association in 1994, Clarke wrote a letter to the Harvard Crimson describing her views on "race science."
She explained there were genetic differences among the races due to the pineal gland and "neuro-melanin."
Clarke believed that Black people had "'greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities' than other races due to higher levels of melanin."
Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson called those statements "legitimately shocking" in a recent broadcast, adding, "That is a direct quote from the person Joe Biden is about to put in charge of this country's civil rights laws."
Then there's Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden's ambassador to the United Nations, who made it clear she doesn't intend to follow the "get tough" policy of her predecessors.
The United States left the U.N. Human Rights Council two years ago because it was a "cesspool of political bias."
Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the U.N. at the time, called it a "hypocritical" body that "makes a mockery of human rights" — and it was, and still is.
Thomas-Greenfield intends to get the United States back in, with hat in hand. She told Al Sharpton's National Action Network that the United States will first have to acknowledge its own failures: "White supremacy is weaved into our founding documents and principles."
The Daily Caller's Greg Price observed that "She's apologizing for America even though the U.N. Human Rights Council currently includes Pakistan, Somalia, Qatar, Cuba, Venezuela, Sudan, and Libya."
Finally, this week the Jewish News Syndicate reported that Biden was considering Nancy Kaufman as his latest appointee.
She's reportedly an ally of "Jew-haters like [Ilhan] Omar, [Rashida] Tlaib, [Tamika] Mallory and [Linda] Sarsour."
Nonetheless, Kaufman is being considered to become the State Department's next anti-Semitism monitor. OK.
Even New York magazine, hardly a bastion of conservative thought, observed that "Biden's Cabinet Picks Are Getting Weird"
Early on, Biden promised to appoint a cabinet that "looks like America." Evidently, he thinks America is populated with liars, cop-haters, bigots, race-baiters, America apologists, and anti-Semites.
Remember when Biden was a moderate, who considered court-packing "a bonehead idea," and said you can't govern "by executive order unless you're a dictator?"
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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