Trump's Cabinet could become one of the best for feminists in history

Liberal feminists must be so happy. President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE this week announced his intention to nominate former Labor Department head Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoPelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Lobbying world Democratic chairman presses Transportation secretary over transparency in Boeing 737 Max probe MORE to serve as Transportation secretary in his administration, making her the third woman slated to serve in his cabinet, and the second minority woman.

 

This puts the president-elect on track to build one of the most pro-woman cabinets in history.

 
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Chao, the Asian-American woman who served as secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and who is also married to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment CNN's Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump MORE, will join Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDemocratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' Democrats lash out at DeVos over proposed changes to loan forgiveness plan The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE and Indian-American South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyIs a trap being set for Trump in the Senate trial? Haley: Political climate, media hysteria wouldn't allow Confederate flag to come down in SC today Goldman Sachs employees protest event featuring Haley after Confederate flag remarks MORE, appointed respectively to serve as Education Secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations.

 

Gov. Haley, by the way, is the first Indian-American woman ever appointed to a Cabinet-level position. Now there are three women, two of them minorities! Funny, I don’t hear liberal feminists cheering for that.

 

We’ve all heard the schtick from liberals accusing Trump of being racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, sexist and misogynistic. Yes, some of the ribald comments and derogatory insults Trump made were sexist. But liberals are overlooking a pretty significant characteristic of the future Trump administration when it comes to women.

 

Trump is on track to make history.

 

No more than four women have served simultaneously in a president’s Cabinet before. If he appoints one more, Trump will tie that record.

 

The number doesn’t even take into account K.T. McFarland, a Reagan-era Defense official named by Trump as deputy national security adviser, or Kellyanne Conway, who might be the most overlooked example of incredible female leadership in this election. Conway accomplished something no woman has done by rescuing a drowning Trump campaign and propelling her candidate all the way to victory. She’s now the first female campaign manager to ever win a presidential election. Talk about breaking a glass ceiling!

 
Women aside, the only Cabinet-level nominees officially announced to date have included Alabama Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE for attorney general, Georgia Rep. Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceIsakson talks up bipartisanship in Senate farewell speech Hundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Warren faces tough choices on 'Medicare for All' funding | Dems demand answers on Tom Price's charter flights | Medicaid expansion nears 2020 ballot in Oklahoma MORE to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline Lawmakers strike spending deal to avert shutdown MORE for Treasury and Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossJudge rejects DOJ effort to delay House lawsuit against Barr, Ross Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Space race is on: US can't afford congressional inaction in this critical economic sector MORE for Commerce. Come Jan. 20, these are the people who will govern our nation. Nearly half, so far, are women.
 

Liberals called Trump a misogynist for past statements, but his actions are speaking louder than his words.

  

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo, the polls aren't wrong — but you have to know what to look for How to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump More than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls MORE urged women to vote for her because she’s a woman, using gender as a qualifier. The women selected by Donald Trump, on the other hand, are not qualified because they’re women. They’re serving because they’re incredibly qualified.

 

Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeleris the anchor of "Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler," which airs daily on the One America News Network. She graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in homeland security.

 

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