As COVID-19 cases reach record heights and our country faces unprecedented cyber-attacks, Donald Trump is making appointment to his 1776 Commission. Trump established the commission by executive order on November 2, 2020 and Joe Biden is likely to eliminate it after he is inaugurated on January 20, 2020.
The White House announced: “Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission for terms of two years”:
Here are Trump’s appointments. It is worth noting that there are no professional American historians on the committee.
Larry Arnn: He is the current president of conservative Hillsdale College. Arnn spoke at the September 2020 National Archive event in which Trump announced the 1776 Commission. This was an event that included noted conservative historians Wilfred McClay and Allen Guelzo. It was at this event that Arnn announced McClay was moving from the University of Oklahoma to Hillsdale.
Brooke L. Rollins: She currently services as the acting director of United States Domestic Policy Council in the Trump administration and is a strong advocate of criminal justice reform.
Victor Davis Hanson: Former Classics professor at California State University, Fresno. He is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a conservative writer, and Trump advocate.
Phil Bryant: Former Republican governor of Mississippi.
Gay Hart Gaines: Republican activist, former president of the Palm Beach Republican Club, and a member of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.