19/11/2016 (Al Arabiya – UAE by Hisham Melhhem*): US President-elect Donald Trump is selecting older white men who share his nationalist views, social and ethnic biases and his “America first” isolationist outlook to occupy senior positions at the White House and the other crucial departments and security agencies. His national security advisor, Michael Flynn, believes that “Islam is a malignant cancer” and that “fear of Islam is RATIONAL” (emphasis his). He sees the Muslim religion as a “political ideology” masquerading as religion. Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, has a long history of fierce opposition to civil rights and a proclivity for racially charged views. Sessions has referred to the 1965 historic Voting Rights Act as a “piece of intrusive legislation.” His outlook on life is a throwback to the America of the 1950’s when women, blacks and immigrants were told to know their place. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, who does not believe that the US has a “major race problem,” turned his website Breitbart News into a platform for alt-right groups, which include white nationalists, Islamophobes, misogynists and anti-Semites. The former leader of the ultra-racist Ku Klux Klan, David Duke reacted enthusiastically to these appointments as if he had been selected, firing this celebratory tweet:..
*Hisham Melhem is a columnist and analyst for Al Arabiya News Channel in Washington, DC.