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Marc Lamont Hill: Trump ‘Going Back To’ ‘Old Time When Administrations Were All White’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” CNN Political Commentator Marc Lamont Hill discussed the diversity of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and said, “that’s always the argument for not picking black people people for things. That’s always the argument for not picking people for things, is that we just picked the most qualified person.” And that Trump is “going back to an old time when administrations were all white.”

Hill responded to the claim that Trump is picking the best people for the job by saying, “Yeah, that’s always the argument for not picking black people people for things. That’s always the argument for not picking people for things, is that we just picked the most qualified person. Typically, when you have cabinet picks, or any job opening, there are multiple people who are in the mix. Some people are not qualified. Some people are incredibly qualified, and within that mix, there are often a diverse range of people. Part of what you want to put forward in an administration, or in a corporation, is a diverse front, so that you see the value of having. Diversity is not a hookup for black people. Diversity is its own benefit. Institutions are better when they’re diverse. Problems get solved different. According to scientific studies, I know some folk don’t believe in science, but studies also demonstrate that problems get solved more creatively, more dynamically when things are more diverse.”

He continued, “And so, in — but, unfortunately, finally, this is part of Donald Trump’s whole thing, we’re going to Make America Great Again, we’re going back to a[n] old time when things were different. Now, he’s going back to an old time when administrations were all white. That’s very dangerous.”

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