clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The 4 most powerful people in Washington are white men again

Is this part of “make America great again”?

JANUARY 20: U.S. President Barack Obama (R)) and President-elect Donald Trump speak on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When Donald Trump was sworn in Friday and replaced Barack Obama as president, there was a shift in addition to the obvious change in administrations.

With Trump as president, Mike Pence as vice president, Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader, and Paul Ryan as House speaker, nearly all of the most powerful political roles in Washington are now filled by straight, white men.

The last time this was the case was during George W. Bush’s second term, before Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House in 2006.

That step backward for representation of racial minority groups and women stands in contrast to the historic development that the first African-American presidency represented.

The optics — and distribution of power — mirror the demographic of Trump’s strongest supporters: White men voted for him at higher rates than any other group.

The new makeup of is just one early data point when it comes to determining what exactly the “great again” America Trump has promised will look like.

Watch: The long fight for a female president