Breitbart News has an online poll about who should be Donald Trump's next secretary of state

For the love of God, pick "Other"

By Brendan Gauthier
Published November 28, 2016 7:12PM (EST)
Steve Bannon; Donald Trump   (AP/Gerald Herbert/John Raoux/Photo montage by Salon)
Steve Bannon; Donald Trump (AP/Gerald Herbert/John Raoux/Photo montage by Salon)

With Steve Bannon as his chief of staff, President-elect Donald Trump is separated by just one degree from Breitbart News. But nothing could be as scary as Breitbart's white nationalist goons having unprecedented access to the next president's transition process, right?

Well, Breitbart is now running an online poll to allow its readers to determine "Who should be Donald Trump's secretary of state?"

"You, the Breitbart reader, were instrumental in Trump’s election victory and the continuing rise of America’s nationalist-populist movement," the site says in an accompanying write-up. "We want to know who you would prefer to serve as the country’s chief diplomat."

Over 141,000 votes have thus far been cast since the poll opened on Friday. As of this writing, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani leads his nearest competitors (former CIA director David Petraeus and former UN ambassador John Bolton) by 17 and 11 points, respectively.

In an email to his supporters, California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher announced on Monday that he's being considered by Trump's transition team for the secretary of state gig. He directed his supporters to Breitbart's poll.

According to the poll, Rohrabacher is in a neck-and-neck race with "Other" to be the next secretary of state.

In The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, former House Speaker and staunch Trump supporter Newt Gingrich criticized the transition team's "audience  participation" methodology, comparing it to "an open apprenticeship."

Gingrich's whining might be attributable to sour grapes, though, because his name isn't listed on Breitbart's poll.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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