If I understand the latest developments correctly, and it’s entirely possible that I don’t, because they’re just that incoherent, here’s where Donald Trump’s White House now stands. Trump’s White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired military General who has no qualifications to be Chief of Staff, is now trying to fire Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who has no qualifications for any White House job and can’t even pass a criminal background check. In return, Ivanka Trump, Donald’s daughter, who also holds a meritless and title-less job in the White House and is also under criminal investigation, is trying to get Kelly fired.
Got all that? Doesn’t matter. It’ll change in a week anyway. Jared and Ivanka, the poster children for anti-nepotism laws, who also belong on a wanted poster, are just sort of there in the White House. No one even knows what they do, or why they’re there. Certainly they weren’t elected to anything. Of course all of the above also describes Donald Trump, which begins to get us closer to the heart of the problem.
Donald Trump only hires people if they’re buffoons he can manipulate, thugs he can sympathize with, criminals he can blackmail, or family members he can trust. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, are all four of those things. But this isn’t even limited to the fact that Trump has his soon-to-be-indicted kids running around the White House like Airbnb tenants who just won’t leave.
John Kelly is only there because Anthony Scaramucci convinced Donald Trump to fire Reince Priebus, who was replaced by Kelly, who fired Scaramucci. Trump has also hired and then fired the following people from the White House: an alleged Nazi, several confirmed traitors, and a former Apprentice contestant. Trump keeps hiring human dumpster fires who spend half their time burning the country down, and the other half their time trying to destroy each other. This is like Game of Thrones, but with idiots.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report