One day after the “resignation” of Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen, it turns out Donald Trump is just getting started when it comes to parting ways with his own people. In fact he’s essentially gutting the leadership at DHS, as he once again tries to revive his failed presidency by scapegoating as many of his own people as possible.
Donald Trump is also firing Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, according to CNN, and Deputy Homeland Security Director Claire Grady, according to NBC News. This comes after Trump withdrew his own ICE Director nominee Ron Vitiello. What do these three people have in common? They all answered directly to Kirstjen Nielsen at DHS. Not only is Trump ridding himself of Nielsen, he’s ridding himself of anyone who was aligned with her. So what’s he really up to?
Nielsen obviously had no problem with kidnapping immigrant kids from their parents and leaving them to die in cages. But in the hours since her departure, multiple major news outlets have reported that Trump was increasingly pushing her to do things that she considered illegal. She was frustrated by it, and he was frustrated by her unwillingness to do it. Nielsen already belongs in prison for negligently getting those kids killed. Whatever else Trump was pushing her to do, it must have been something even worse than killing kids.
In any case, we’ll see what Donald Trump does next. In the past we’ve seen him scapegoat large swaths of his own people, only for nothing to actually change. When it comes to Trump’s decision to gut the leadership at DHS, will he bring in new and nastier people in order to please his base by creating the appearance that he’s going to do more horrible things, or is he planning to actually do more horrible things? Either way, the time for Trump’s impeachment and removal is well upon us.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report