This story is unintentionally funny to me.
Many names have been floated to serve as the next secretary of agriculture, but despot-elect Donald Trump still hasn't formally nominated anyone to fill the post.
Why not? If The Atlantic is correct, he hasn't nominated anyone because Real America would like to see an old white guy appointed to the office.
“I would say there has been anguish,” Gary Baise, a D.C. lawyer who helped Trump marshal rural and agricultural support during the campaign, told me. “Agriculture is too important to use as a dumping ground for political correctness.” [...]
“Rural America would be really disappointed,” Baise said, if Trump is seen as not keeping faith with the agricultural community. The smart money is still on Trump picking [Sonny Perdue], according to Baise, a well-connected Republican ag-politics veteran who helped Trump assemble his agriculture advisory team.
In other words, if Trump appointed Elsa Murano or Abel Maldonado, two other names that have been floated by the transition team, rural america would be "really disappointed" because neither of them are an old white guy like Sonny Perdue.
This is unintentionally funny to me because Real America would probably be better served under more diverse leadership, but they will be disappointed if Trump doesn't nominate someone who will fuck them over.
"Thank you sir, may I have another?"
It will not be a joyous day when congressional Republicans dismantle the food stamp program at some point in the neat future, but I will, if only for a moment, enjoy a warm cup of schadenfreude at the expense of rural farmers who voted for the GOP. They will have voted for their own demise.
Demanding that Trump appoint a white guy to the office is its own form of "political correctness." This is white identity politics.