Stale, Pale, and Male

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At the beginning of his administration, what percentage of Donald Trump’s cabinet was White?

  1. What story does this chart tell?

  2. Describe how Trump’s cabinet is demographically different from Obama’s?

  3. Describe how Trump’s cabinet is demographically different from the American population?

  4. Describe how Trump’s cabinet is demographically different from the Republican Party?

  5. Why do you think Trump’s cabinet looks like it does demographically?

  6. What is one political consequence of a cabinet so monochromatic, old, and male?

  7. Established in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office. What can the president do if he does not like the work of a member of his cabinet?

  8. According to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, what is the role of the U.S. Senate regarding the cabinet.

  9. What does the cabinet actually do?

  10. Let’s say an American citizen did not like a member of the cabinet. What is one political action they could take to try to change the cabinet?

  11. How likely do you think that would be to work?

  12. Let’s say the Speaker of the House of Representatives did not like a member of the cabinet. What is one political action they could take to try to change the cabinet?

  13. And how likely do you think that would be to work?

  14. The chart above describes Trump’s cabinet from 2017. Describe how his cabinet has changed since then.*

  15. In what way does the Trump cabinet look like, and not look like you?

  16. Make a claim about whether it matters whether a governing body (cabinet, legislature, city council) is demographically representative of their constituents (the people they represent).

  17. George Washington’s first cabinet had only four members: one of who later became president, and one of whom later went on to star in a Broadway musical named after him. Can you name any of Washington’s cabinet members?

  18. Name as many member of the Trump cabinet as you can without looking. In the comments section, list the number of cabinet members you got right.

Visual Extension*

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Trump’s cabinet as of January 2019

Trump’s cabinet as of January 2019

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