AOC’s Twitter followers told her who they’d pick for Biden’s cabinet, and their choices were spot on.
As President-elect Joe Biden continues to build his transition team, some speculate about who he will choose for his cabinet. If only the general public could choose the individuals that would advise Biden on housing, education, trade, etc… Well, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is wondering what people would do if they actually could.
On Nov. 9, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez asked her followers on Twitter to partake in “Fantasy sports: presidential admin edition.” She asked: “Who’s in your dream cabinet?”
From most of the responses, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was named the most by far. Among others frequently named were Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt); former presidential candidates Julián Castro and Andrew Yang; Stacey Abrams; and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, as well.
Here’s how some people responded.
Tony Choi, an undocumented immigrant and digital director of Immigrants Rise, suggested: Attorney General: Doug Jones; Education: Jahana Hayes; Housing: Vivek Murthy; Agriculture: Theresa Greenfield; Veterans: Tammy Duckworth; Commerce: Tom Steyer; Labor: Julie Su or Bernie Sanders; Treasury: Elizabeth Warren; Interior: Deb Haaland; Homeland Security: abolished; Environment: Rhea Suh or Bill McKibben.
Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman didn’t say which person should fill a particular seat, but she did throw out the names of a few of her favorite people. At the top of her list was Sen. Warren. Others that were on her list was Abrams; Sen. Sanders; Castro; former US Attorney General, Sally Yates; Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill); Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif), former senate candidate for Kentucky, Charles Booker; former First Lady Michelle Obama; and jokingly added, The Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate.
According to the Associated Press, Biden spent much of Tuesday working alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at a theater near his home. Biden’s expected to quickly name a chief of staff and start considering cabinet appointments, though those likely won’t be finalized for weeks.
Republicans are increasingly eyeing a December deadline to publicly accept the election result, giving Trump time and space to exhaust his legal challenges. That’s when the states face a deadline to certify results and a Dec. 14 deadline for the Electoral College to cast its votes.
Biden’s team is calling on the General Services Administration, led by a Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, to recognize Biden’s victory formally. Until that happens, Biden will not receive comprehensive security briefings, transition funding, or the ability to communicate with agencies to begin coordinating the transfer of power.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.