The Politicization of the Cabinet and Agencies: How Trump’s Appointments Bypass Democracy by Michael Caulfield
During Trump’s presidency, the appointments that he has made have been considered suspect at best. As opposed to the appointment of those who have the best interest of the country at heart, they have the interest of the president in mind. Many of the appointments made to the Cabinet and other government agencies under the executive branch have been met with protest. The appointments of Devos as Secretary of Education and Pruitt as the head of the EPA were both met with comments regarding them as not being knowledgeable in their respective fields, as well as promoting their interests, mainly that of deregulation. This is a clear showing of how Trump is surrounding himself with those who agree with his agenda and this action is indicative of some democratic backsliding, as these appointments do not accurately reflect the will of the people.
With the appointment of Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA, this is a clear appointment of someone who does not have the ideals and the good of the people of the country at heart. He has strongly advocated for less regulation concerning the environment, as well as originally denying climate change to then saying that it is a good thing. The scientific community has made it incredibly clear that global warming is a major problem, and the fact that the head of an executive agency believes it to be a good thing is incredibly detrimental to the overall health of the country. Because of this, it is clear to see how he is not a clear representative of the people, ergo his appointment could be considered anti-democratic. However, he has recently resigned, but his deputy shares the same views. From this, it is clear to see how Trump has been surrounding himself with those that are not with the national interest, but instead with his own. In this way, the national interest is being bypassed through these people being put into a non-elected position of power. Historically, this consolidation of power has been a part of democratic backsliding.