On second thought, maybe it’s not wise to fire your own top loyal people simply because they annoy you, or because they couldn’t carry out your gibberish orders, or because you didn’t like how they were portrayed on Saturday Night Live. It’s taken long enough, but after Trump spent the past year running off his own loyalists, they’re suddenly coming back to eat him alive.
Remember when Trump hired former Apprentice contestant Omarosa to a vaguely defined White House senior adviser position, then dumped her after an argument during the White House Christmas party? She’s on a new reality show, trashing him as we speak. Remember when Trump forced his own handpicked White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon out the door for no particular reason last year? Bannon is now just days away from spilling his guts about the Russia scandal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Remember when Trump fired his handpicked White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus? Reince then turned over his personal notes about Trump’s obstruction to Mueller. Remember when Trump failed to give a White House job to foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos? When he was later arrested in the Russia scandal, he cut a deal against Trump within hours. Remember when key campaign adviser Rick Gates didn’t get a White House job either? He’s in the process of negotiating a plea deal.
The list goes on and on. With the exception of Richard Nixon just before his ouster, Donald Trump is in the most vulnerable position any U.S. President has ever been in. He’s shown incredible, and often craven, disloyalty to the people who got him this far. Many of them committed serious crimes at his request. Now that the going is getting tough, many of them are predictably showing as little loyalty to him as he showed to them. So much for being thick as thieves.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report