President Donald Trump has announced plans to hire conservative radio host and author Larry Elder and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton for positions in his administration.
According to Breitbart, Elder is set to be appointed to the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, while Fitton will serve on the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.
The news of the pair’s appointments was first revealed in a statement from the White House on Friday. The statement also noted Trump’s plans to appoint Loren Robert Flaum and Bill H. Stern to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Elder speaks out
Trump’s appointments of both Elder and Fitton are bound to be controversial, particularly in light of the men’s public stances on highly controversial topics.
Elder, for his part, has often written and spoken about what Breitbart described as “racial issues,” including in his most recent column, where he defended Black Republicans like Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who has come under fire over his office’s failure to bring charges against the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville earlier this year.
“Black conservatives support low taxes, strong borders, choice in public schools. They want to reevaluate the welfare state on the grounds that it destabilizes the American family, no matter the race,” Elder wrote Wednesday. “Can a Black conservative advocate for school choice and debate its merit without being dismissed as a Black conservative ‘sellout’ for supporting choice?”
Elder has also said that welfare programs often do more harm than good to Black families and can perpetuate inequalities.
Fitton fights back
Fitton, meanwhile, has long attempted to hold the government’s feet to the fire as president of Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group that has no qualms about pursuing legal action when Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests go unanswered by the government.
Fitton also notably tried for years to get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton investigated over her email server and the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and was a strong critic of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump, according to Politico.
Fitton has also advocated for a return to normalcy after coronavirus restrictions, Politico reports.
Trump trudges on
While perhaps controversial, Trump’s appointments of the men do not require congressional approval. The announcements came as Trump works from Walter Reed military hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, along with his wife and other prominent Republicans, as NBC Washington reports.
As of Sunday, White House physician Sean Conley had indicated that the president may be able to be discharged as soon as Monday, according to NPR.