Rubio suggests he won't vote for Joe Biden's Ivy League-educated nominees. Donald Trump has an Ivy League degree.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is already searching for excuses to obstruct President-elect Joe Biden, suggesting on Tuesday that he won't vote for Biden's Cabinet nominees because they have Ivy League degrees.
"Biden's cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America's decline," Rubio tweeted Tuesday morning. "I support American greatness [and] I have no interest in returning to the 'normal' that left us dependent on China."
Rubio's tweet came the day after Biden announced plans to nominate a number of experienced hands to lead the United States' diplomatic and national security agencies.
"By design, they seem meant to project a dutiful competence, as Biden creates a government overseen by those who have run it before," the Washington Post's Matt Viser, John Hudson, Karen DeYoung, and Carol Morello wrote of Biden's nominees.
Rubio has voted for numerous Donald Trump nominees who earned degrees at Ivy League schools.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has a law degree from Harvard University.
- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University.
- Mark Esper, the defense secretary Trump fired after the election, who has a master's of public administration from Harvard.
- Attorney General William Barr, who has both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Columbia University.
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who received his undergraduate degree at Yale and his master of business administration degree from Harvard.
- Former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who earned both his undergraduate and his law degree at Harvard.
- Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who graduated from Dartmouth University as an undergraduate and got his law degree at Yale Law School.
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, who earned his undergraduate degree at Yale.
- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who earned her MBA at Harvard.
Trump himself has an Ivy League degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rubio's hint that he won't vote for Biden nominees because they have prestigious degrees and actual experience in the government agencies Biden has tasked them with running is an example of the lengths Senate Republicans will go to obstruct the incoming administration.
Control of the Senate is currently up in the air, with the outcome of two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 to determine which party will control the chamber.
Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already suggested he will block Biden's Cabinet picks if he remains in charge, Axios reported.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.