Donald Trump has seen so many high profile resignations and firings, most of them scandalous or controversial in nature, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has to keep building a bigger board to hold all of the names of the departed. Now we can add yet another name to the list. It’s one we all know quite well, and it’s coming under a cloud of controversy that might just be getting started.
Earlier this week Donald Trump withdrew his nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson to lead the VA, after allegations surfaced that Jackson had been drunk on the job, handing out prescription drugs inappropriately, and harassing a woman. In general kinds of scandalous nominations aren’t usually withdrawn unless at least some of the allegations are true. Now Jackson is also resigning as Trump’s White House doctor, raising questions about just how much uglier this might truly be.
Jackson’s resignation also undercuts Trump’s argument that the allegations were all merely some kind of frame job aimed at derailing Jackson’s nomination. It’s one thing to give up on trying to get a promotion amid scandal. It’s another to abruptly quit your current job as well. In any case, Jackson’s nomination never had any real chance of succeeding even before the scandal erupted.
So now Ronny Jackson joins a list of White House officials who have resigned or been fired in scandalous or controversial fashion that’s become too long to recite from memory. Also on the list: Michael Flynn, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, and Steve Bannon.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report