Rick Scott says ‘incompetent people’ are the problem with Joe Biden White House
Rick Scott.

'You would never, ever in your wildest dreams hire these people.'

Sen. Rick Scott said Thursday that the problem with President Joe Biden’s White House stems in part from the “incompetent people” he’s appointed to the Cabinet.

“If you look at their nominees, what have they accomplished?”

Scott, appearing on the Fox News Channel, fumed about the group, offering specific insults directed toward Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

“I was a business guy, and I watched competitors who would surround themselves with incompetent people in their leadership team. That’s exactly what Biden has done,” Scott told interviewer Bill Hemmer.

“So he’s got a bunch of people who work with him who have actually never accomplished anything,” Scott continued. “Maybe they’ve done some mean tweets and that’s about it.”

Scott’s read contravenes the conventional wisdom on the Biden Cabinet, depicted in a post-election Associated Press analysis as a collection of experienced careerists, many with experience in the Barack Obama White House. Pressed on his contrarianism by Hemmer, Scott persisted.

“If you look at their nominees, what have they accomplished? As a business guy, I don’t say, ‘Did you give a good speech?’ or ‘Did you do a good tweet?’ I say, ‘Tell me your background and what you’ve accomplished in your life.'”

Scott went on to press his grievances. He said Secretary Granholm, a former Governor of Michigan, has “no idea” how to get energy prices down. Buttigieg, a former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had “no answer” to Scott’s supply chain questions. And Raimondo, a former Governor of Rhode Island, said inflation was the fault of the Federal Reserve, per Scott.

Scott has pressed the case that the Biden administration is full of incompetent people before, singling out the Vice President with rhetoric similar to that on offer Thursday in a fiery denunciation last year.

During another appearance on Fox News, Scott compared Kamala Harris to an “arsonist” in charge of fire prevention, offering a visceral critique that got called into question by a normally friendly interviewer.


“What has she ever accomplished? And by the way, putting Kamala Harris in charge of the border is like asking an arsonist to put out a fire, like asking (former New York Gov.) Andrew Cuomo to be in charge of a sexual harassment seminar,” Scott joked.

“I mean, she is not going to accomplish anything. I mean, not going to the border? Go to the border,” Scott said, before host Sandra Smith reminded Scott that the Vice President of the United States and former U.S. Senator had a resume of considerable accomplishment.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Andrew Linko

    May 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

    In retrospect, look at the Cabinet members of this administration versus the previous. No elected Presidents compared. The previous administration’s Cabinet members were appointed to destroy the agency they managed. Betsy DeVos, Education, no teaching experience, no teaching administration, no degree, a billionaire’s family appointee for campaign donations. Now she is buying Florida’s Governor. Also, those Cabinet members stole taxpayer dollars for their own purpose, including Mitch McConnell’s wife Elain Chao who also helped her family’s shipping business with our tax dollars. Senator Scott is in that class, wealthy, and doesn’t understand the majority of the citizens he represents. In Florida, many citizens, Veterans, seniors rely on Social Security and Medicare to stay out of poverty. Senator Scott would decimate all of them only to protect himself, and the class he has no bad comments about!

    • Lynda

      May 19, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      Great, well-researched comment.

  • Frankie M.

    May 19, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Better to surround yourself with donors & sycophants.

    • Lynda

      May 19, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Good analysis of who Scott listens to and thinks about when crafting 11 point plans which taxes people who cannot afford income taxes on top of all the regressive taxes they pay to live in Florida under a trum-pest/Republican controlled legislature and a Max Maga gov.

  • Lynda

    May 19, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Most of those who take time to comment already know about the trum-pest/Republican propensity to “project” on to their opponents the defects belonging to trump and his administration which were overlooked by the trump cult.

    Naming “acting” cabinet members and “acting” heads of important Federal agencies is all the acknowledgement voters will get from trump about the incompetence of his appointees. By the 4th year of his term trump rarely could attract competent, experienced people to work in his clearly “wrong track” administration. He (trump) demanded loyalty to himself above all; former golf caddies and the incompetent not trusted to work in honorable positions were the only people who would risk their careers by working for trump.

  • Tom

    May 20, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Idiocy. Your guy Biden has brought economic devastation and ruin to Americans.
    Blue collar, middle class and working class Americans are being wiped out. Biden is clueless. This is an assault on the American people.

  • Andrew Linko

    May 20, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Incorrect, he has empowered working Americans to organize and form unions to gain there fare share of the profits they make for the companies and organizations they work for. Covid exposed the mistreatment of the middle class, and the only thing that has caused inflation, is misinformation, fear, and greed. Workers will unite and form unions to protect their families.

    • Tom

      May 21, 2022 at 7:28 am

      You are a dumb ass idiot! Andrew.
      Form a Union, yeah and take a leak taking turns. How stupid are you.

      You dumb ass Manchurians, live in your liberal bubble. How ignorant are you, how stupid are you?

      Florida unemployment is 3.0%, down from 3.2%. 59,0000 new jobs produced. 8.7% wage growth year over year increase. $21 billion in reserves.

      America’s Governor/Florida the state to be. Biden/Harris cause depression and devastation. People are dying, starving, can’t exist cause of this moron Biden. Go flush yourself.

  • Andrew T. Linko

    May 21, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Your response truly shows all citizens the need for education and stopping misinformation. If you cannot convey your opinion without name calling, using ideological labels, that you probably don’t understand, then your point is moot. I fear you would be one that thinks a gun and bullets would be your right wing method to convey your message and your hate!

    • Tom

      May 21, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Yeah after you give us bs, u
      Hide under violence.
      You are accountable for your misinformation. Nothing else was breathed. Spare us. Take responsibility for the efforts in play.
      People suffering cause of awful polices. Grow up. Your fascism shows. I’ve provide facts, you fiction.

      • Andrew Linko

        May 22, 2022 at 1:41 pm

        Senator Scott has the right to his opinion and I respect that opinion. But I don’t have to agree. He was silent during the insurrection, violence on our NATION! He was silent when Trump denied Ukraine weapons only because he wouldn’t give Trump dirt on Hunter Biden! He was silent when the Majority leader’s wife received COVID stimulus money for her Chinese shipping business! He was silent when the Majority leader received donations from Russian Oleographs to build a Russian steel mill in Kentucky! He remained silent during four years of the most corrupt and immoral administration yet criticizes this one?I have my criticisms of this administration but I never praised any of the inept decision of the prior!

  • Andrew T. Linko

    May 21, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t hide from violence, I want to make sure everyone knows this violence is from right wing hatred and right wing groups. Unfortunately it has hijacked a major political party and not one GOO Senator or House leadership member will condone it. You follow them like. Pied Piper espousing name calling, and you sound angry and full of hate. My and CA shootings were a symptom of this very problem. So keep name calling, and hating!

    • Tom

      May 21, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      We are only talking about the incompetence of this administration.
      You are the one threatening. Sen Scott had right to criticize as we all do.
      You meaninglessly suggest Covid shoes something. It was a 100 yr pandemic.

      This Gov kept work, jobs , employment, schools and life operating as much as possible, led the country back. He didn’t shut down the State, fondle employees like cuomo, make $5 million on Covid deaths like Cuomos book, , bring blue state devastation, Like cuomo, and ruin education and kids like cuomo, bring crime like blue states. Florida is a right to work state, and you are talking unions? You live in a Manchurian bubble, you don’t lie to me pal. This is serious discourse.

      This Governor has 3.0% unemployment with 57,000 new jobs last month, 8.7% wage growth, manufacturing growth. Please you are out of your league. I am a legend!
      Enough. You don’t get a participation trophy with me. America’s Gov, rising tide for all! Not depression like Biden Harris, 36% Florida approval.

    • Tom

      May 21, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      I said hide “under” you child! You have purposefully, grossly tried to create something that does not exist. You brought it up. Do not speak for others. Read, listen and learn. And if you dish it out, accept it back. Get your mouth shut!

      You are an adolescent! Worry bout your mouth, your words, u
      Child. You offer nothing of substance.
      I’ve outlined facts. You tom a tons just repeat talking points. Spare us.

  • Tom

    May 21, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Grow up Andrew T Linke.
    What a child.
    You offer no facts, no substance, just
    Kumbayah hand holding. Spare us.
    3.0% unemployment, 8.7% wage growth, $2- billion in reserves! Not an accident. Education schools, public school choice education vouchers for minorities and poor.
    Be thankful for your job along with millions in state cause of his policies. Grow up.

  • Andrew Linko

    May 21, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Unsure where your misinformation was derived from, DOL reports; Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 428,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was
    widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. U.S. added 431,000 jobs in March in sign of economic health, Mmm, still name calling and you misinformation is very bad! Education Department reports in FL; As of 2019, 409 charter schools are closed.Feb 18, 2020. Stole our tax dollars, Wow! that’s commendable! Keep name calling, false political ideology!

  • Andrew Linko

    May 21, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Can you make one sensible comment without calling someone you don’t know or agrees with you, names?

  • Tom

    May 21, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    WhAtever. I am legend on FP.
    I hold Manchurian Dems accountable.
    It use to be a far left pub.
    I have brought it back to the center.
    Others have joined to help carry the flag
    FP gets called out now if it leans to hard left.
    Individuals like your self will be held to high standard.

    DeSantis is America’s Gov. Florida will re-elect him with thunderous percentage. Fraud has no chance, chameleon crispy is a flip flopper who has no core.

    DeSantis saved Florida from the likes of a creep like cuomo. Just appalling and scurrilous.
    U gotta get up early and stay up late with me.
    I wish you well.

    Facts are overwhelming for the Gov! As for Biden, he had destroyed this country.
    Devastating. A thunderous earth quake coming.
    40 to 60 new Repub. House majority coming, if recession by Labor Day, its 75 house and 10 Senate seats. Gov and Marco win bigly,

  • Tom

    May 22, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Florida’s unemployment is 3.0%, 57,000 new jobs. I don’t understand anything else you are saying. You are engaging in diabolical misinformation.

    Florida’s schools and more importantly the public private school voucher program is the best in the country.

  • Andrew T. Linko

    May 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Would you hire someone who stole from their employer?

  • Andrew T. Linko

    May 22, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Would you hire an habitual liar?

    • Tom

      May 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      I wouldn’t hire you to shine shoes.
      You are incompetent like Biden.
      What are you talking bout.

      The Bureau of labor stats reported Florida’s Friday that Florida’s economy is sizzling. Unemployment 3.0% from 3.2%, 57,000 jobs created. Florida is in the top 12.

      You are dense. Go away you fool.
      You are the example of Manchurian nation inability to think on own,
      Please go away.

  • Andrew Linko

    May 23, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Again, you would have been fired long ago, you can’t follow rules, but resort to childish name calling, like you former idol, lie, name call, and never answer the question. Biden was elected because people fired Trump for lying, stealing treasury money for his failing empire, letting 500,000 citizens die, more than Afghanistan or any US war, because it was going away by summer, we have it under control, clorox killed it, and the first President in the history of the USA that supported and sanctioned ‘hate’ to attack our Nation’s Capitol, thus ATTACKING the USA.

  • Tom

    May 25, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Total lies, fabrications, fake stories, misinformation from andrew linko.

    What a crock of Adam Schiff on a stick. Everything you said above is deceit lies.
    You have to be the biggest ignant on FP,
    You have no proof, no facts, no understand.
    You can’t shine shoes. I am legend.

    You are oblivious to all facts, truths. You are sick.

  • Andrew Linko

    May 25, 2022 at 9:27 am

    The phrase ‘fake or fake news was not derived from smart conservatives. It was copied from a Socialist Nazi Germany, and it needs to stop. REfusing to believe anypoint in a debate does not constitute that opinion or point as fake, it displays the ignorance of the person for refusing to research that point, but only repeat ignorance over and over again. We have a television network that does this and the problem is they don’t even research their own lies. Just repeat, then their sheep repeat it.

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