CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Wednesday delivered a withering takedown of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s knock on President-elect Joe Biden’s “Ivy League” Cabinet picks.
The Florida senator confronted criticism for tweeting on Tuesday that Biden’s choice of international coverage advisers all “went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline.”
“I support American greatness and I have no interest in returning to the ‘normal’ that left us dependent on China,” Rubio concluded.
Keilar took subject on many fronts. First, she identified that Rubio is criticizing these professionals for being certified, educated and well-connected of their fields.
“It is a rejection of experience and expertise that permeated the Republican Party even before President Trump,” she stated.
Rubio didn’t point out that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the first U.S. president/vice chairman duo in 40 years to not have any Ivy League levels, Keilar added. Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965, and Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986.
Rubio failed to notice as properly that President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted about his Ivy League schooling, Keilar stated. She additionally identified that Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, whose White House portfolio “constantly eclipses his expertise,” attended Harvard.
“It was revealed that Kushner’s attendance followed his father donating $2.5 million to the school,” she famous.
While acknowledging that Rubio’s remarks could possibly be interpreted as an assault on elitism, a sound dialog to have, Keilar stated the senator was substituting schooling on the whole because the punching bag.
“Increasingly, Republicans in power have banished their own principles and instead are focused on what? Tearing things down. Like education, expertise, science, facts that will keep Americans safe,” she stated. “How can America have a reasoned policy debate when some members of one party, many members of one party, have said coronavirus is a hoax? When they won’t acknowledge reality.”
She slammed Rubio for taking a “cheap shot” on the incoming administration, “who are only now receiving the first transition briefings in the last day because President Trump and most Republicans haven’t acknowledged that they won the election. Unless you plan on doing that today, Senator Rubio.”
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