Backlash Over Biden Cabinet Picks: First Time over 2 Decades No Asians, Pacific Islanders

Backlash Over Biden Cabinet Picks: First Time over 2 Decades No Asians, Pacific Islanders


President-Elect Joe Biden has been rolling out his Cabinet picks ahead of his January 20 inauguration, and at least one community is displeased with the results.

According to Politico’s 2021 Transition Playbook, there has been backlash from the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), which for the first time in more than two decades will not be represented among Biden’s top officials:

APPI lawmakers and outside groups have been warning for weeks that the failure to nominate an Asian American to a secretary slot would be an insult to an important and growing bloc of voters. And more than 100 lawmakers from both chambers signed a letter to Biden late last month arguing that failing to nominate an Asian American secretary amid his quest to build a diverse Cabinet would “send the wrong message that ‘diversity’ does not include AAPIs.

Some advocates have highlighted AAPI voters’ importance in November’s

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