Bruce Levell, executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, has been called upon to make excuses for why Donald Trump’s choices for his presidential cabinet are so overwhelmingly white and male.
Speaking to the Washington Times, Levell pushed the idea that Trump simply couldn’t find qualified black, latino, female, or LGBT figures to put in charge: “President-elect Trump doesn’t really so much look at the Cabinet and say, ‘Hey, I need a black guy over here and I need a woman over there. He fights very hard to put the best individual that’s qualified who can run the agency for his administration. Most people of color are OK with the fact that, ‘Hey, if this person is qualified and can do the job, then God bless him.”
Levell served as a Trump delegate from Georgia at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
In fact Trump has even lower marks with black and Latino voters than his already low approval among the public in general. This is in large part thanks to his campaign rhetoric attacking people of color, as well as his repeated associations with white supremacists in the so-called “alt-right” movement, as well as public support for his campaign from white supremacist figures like former klansman David Duke and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.
Levell has made the rounds for months in the media, attempting to put a black face on Trump’s positions and decisions, but like so many within the black Republican movement, his statements have rarely reflected the majority of black opinions in the United States.
Black voters have instead consistently promoted the concept that diversity should be encouraged, as in President Obama’s cabinet and leadership team, and they overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. That support was key in the final vote totals, where she had more popular support than Trump. Clinton received nearly three million more votes than Trump in the final campaign tally.